General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Plant Height: 12 - 20 feet (6 meters)
Leaves: Other: Leafless
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Nocturnal
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Other: Cure stem segment until callused (10+ days). After potting, withhold water for two weeks.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

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Common names
  • Queen of the Night
  • Dutchman's Pipe Cactus
  • Princess of the Night
  • Lady of the Night
  • Night Blooming Cereus
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Epiphyllum oxypetalum
  • Synonym: Epiphyllum oxypetalum var. purpusii

Photo Gallery

Date: 2016-10-09
Unusual to see this in full bloom during daylight.
Location: Back Deck
Date: June 13, 2009 @ 11:00 p.m. 
E. oxypetalum bloom opening

Date: 2016-07-06
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2015-07-10

Date: 2019-08-22
Location: My front porch
Date: August 24, 2011 
Fully opened bloom @ 11:00 p.m.
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2015-08-14

Date: 2016-07-06

Date: 2016-07-06
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: August 22, 2015
Fully open
Photo by CactusZach
Location: Kerala 
Date: 2018-06-02
sdr
Location: Ohio
Date: 2015-09-06
a view from the side shows the beauty of the stigma
Location: Ohio
Date: 2015-09-06
This was my favorite shot of the ten or fifteen that I took. You
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2015-09-25
Location: my deck, Fair Lawn NJ
Date: August 28 2022, ca 11pm
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: July 2012
Location: My front porch
Date: August 24, 2011 @ 10:00 p.m.
\"Queen of the Night\"

Date: 2021-08-20
Photo by ceci
Location: my deck, Fair Lawn NJ
Date: August 28. 2022, ca 11 pm

Date: 2017-09-12    9:30 pm
Location: Sandy, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-04-11
Location: Sandy, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-04-11
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2015-09-25

Date: 2020-08-11
7 of 12 flowers in bloom for one night only.
Location: Rhode Island
Date: 2010-07-07

Date: 2016-07-06

Photo credit: Fischer.H

Date: 2016-08-30
One night of beaming beauty for the Queen of the Night.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-09-21
Location: Back Deck
Date: June 13, 2009 @ 11:00 p.m. 
Side view of Epiphyllum oxypetalum bloom

Date: 2016-09-02
Location: In my garden, Middletown, Delaware
Date: 2020-07-10
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-06-29
Cluster of Epi oxypetalum blooms
Photo by sedumzz
Location: West Central Alabama
Date: September 16, 2020
Close up of bloom
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2010-08-25
Location: King William, VA
Date: 2018-08-18
Span of 5-6 hours fully opened by 11:00pm. Divine, heady aroma :*

Date: 2016-08-26
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: August 22, 2015
Opening night for this plant
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: August 22, 2015
Opening in progress
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: August 22, 2015
Opening in progress
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: August 22, 2015
Opening continues
Photo by CactusZach
Location: Our Sunroom, Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2010-08-19
Location: Backyard
Date: August 2011
Buds
Location: My front porch
Date: August 2011
Blooms
Location: West Central Alabama
Date: September 18, 2020
Blooms open only once after dark, then wilt and fall off.  Plant
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-06-29
Bloom size in comparison to my hand. Beautiful, large, and fragra
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-06-29
Growing this and several other Epis in a gallon nursery pot with
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-01-20
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-01-20
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2012-09-11
By tabbycat
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2010-08-24
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2014-09-24
By tabbycat
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2016-07-07
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-07-19
Two year old plant

Date: 2016-08-26
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2009-06-13
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: June 2016
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: August 22, 2015
Side view of the now fully open Night Blooming Cereus
Location: Our Sunroom, Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2012-02-05
Location: West Central Alabama
Date: September 18, 2020
Mistook this for s. grandiflorus for YEARS.  Glad to know it’s
Location: Denpasar Bali Indonesia.
Date: 2021-02-13
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum or Wijaya Kusuma In Bahasa Indonesia.
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2011
Since it is in the night.... and some people mention 'heavanly'..
Location: Ohio
Date: 2015-09-06
Location: DeLand Florida
Date: 2013-09-05
I was working on a painting and thought it would be cool to put b
Photo by rocklady
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-09-20
Photo by sedumzz
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2013-06-19
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2013-06-18
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2015-March
In summer months, the leaves get yellowish due to the heat.  This
Location: Seattle WA 
Date: 2012-12-07
  • Uploaded by gg5
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2013-10-31
Sunburned, dehydrated.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2013-10-31
Sunburned, dehydrated.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2013-10-31
Sunburned, dehydrated.
Location: Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan.
Date: July 5, 2008
Photo by KENPEI
Location: Louisiana
Date: 12/30/2021
Close up of fruit of Queen of the Night
Location: Ohio
Date: 2015-09-06
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-06-29
Epi bud getting ready to open!
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2009
Tough shot to take with built-in flash and getting into the flowe
Photo by rocklady
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2012-09-14
Shrinking bloom heads / they are pink
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2013-07-26
Location: Rhode Island
Date: 2011-07-17
Location: Denpasar Bali Indonesia.
Date: 2021-02-11
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum flowers bud before blooming.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Morykwas, Steve's Leaves, Inc.
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2013-06-18
The bud on the morning of night blooming
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
Date: 2014-08-16
This plant is about 4 yrs. old.  It's 1st bud.
Location: Louisiana
Date: 2021-12-30
Fruit of Queen of the Night
Location: Louisiana
Date: 12/30/2021
Fruit and leaves of Queen of the Night
Location: Youngsville, LA
Date: 2014-09-24
By tabbycat
Location: Plano, TX
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Comments:
  • Posted by DogsNDaylilies (SE Michigan - Zone 6a) on Sep 8, 2015 7:29 PM concerning plant:
    This plant has a lovely fragrance that is hard to describe. A little along the lines of honey, but also slightly muskier. And what a gorgeous bloom!
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 9, 2011 8:56 AM concerning plant:
    Epiphyllum oxypetalum is a very popular and easily cultivated cactus. The plant is fast growing and can attain heights of 20 feet or more. It's an erect and sprawling, profusely branched plant that produces both long rod-like stems and flat leaf-like stems. Eventually, flat-like stems will emerge from the rod-like stems. It is a nocturnal bloomer and the flowers are wonderfully fragrant!
  • Posted by Aeonium2003 on May 3, 2022 9:30 PM concerning plant:
    Forms a small branching shrub when fully grown. Oxypetalum should not be confused with hookeri, as hookeri has more acute stems, which are a bit more succulent. Flowers on hookeri are more delicate, with petals less wide than oxypetalum. Stems start off flat, but as the stem ages, ribs start to dry, and only the vascular bundle is left. Commonly grown in Asian countries for its flowers.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Have 1 of these.... by Osioma Sep 19, 2012 6:58 AM 1
Wrong ID-epiphyllum. by skopjecollection Jun 6, 2018 11:44 PM 16

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