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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Epiphyllum oxypetalum Accepted
Epiphyllum oxypetalum var. purpusii Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
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
Plant Spread: Climber
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leafless
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
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

Unusual to see this in full bloom during daylight.

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Posted by Bluespiral (Oella, MD - Zone 7b) on Sep 17, 2016 3:48 AM

Fleur569's photo of this flower emerging brought me over here - must say all photos are gorgeous. Here is a flowers-in-art type of link to a botanical illustration of this night-blooming cactus: http://libtreasures.utdallas.e...

Philip Reinagle (1749 - 1833) was the artist, and he was commissioned, along with other artists, to provide flower paintings set in the habitat where they were found, for a folio put together by Dr. Robert John Thornton in early 1800s. It was financed by subscription - a very risky proposition for those days involving ships' voyages into a type of unknown no modern cruise ship could encounter.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 9, 2011 8:56 AM

Epiphyllum oxypetalum is a very popular and easily cultivated cactus. The plant is fast growing and can attain heights of 20' or more. It has profusely branched, erect and sprawling stems with nocturnal blooms that are wonderfully fragrant!

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Posted by DogsNDaylilies (SE Michigan - Zone 6a) on Sep 8, 2015 7:29 PM

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!

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What plant is this? by Noilei May 22, 2020 12:17 PM 2
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