Nine O'Clock Flower - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Laurie
Spartanburg, SC
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Question by fruitfly864
June 14, 2006
A friend of mine has an unusual plant that she doesn't know the name of. She just calls it

Answer from NGA
June 14, 2006
There are only a few night blooming plants, and based upon your description, I'd say your friend is growing a Cereus. As indicated by the name, the blooms appear at night and soon close after the day starts. Bloom time is late spring to early summer. The very large white fragrant flowers adorn the plant. Individual flower are 14 inches long by 12 inches across ... very showy! If pollinated, they produce edible red fruits up to 5 inches long. You can take a cutting from your friend's plant to start your own, or you can purchase one from a garden center dealing in desert tropicals. In the meantime, enjoy!

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