Queen of the Night Blooms!

| August 13, 2012 | 17 Replies

Queen of the Night blooms! For one night a year only! My neighbor, Zdena, grows many Nightblooming Cereus, or Selenicereus grandiflorus cacti, and one was blooming tonight. She texted me and I ran over. It’s a challenge photographing this amazingly intricate flower with it’s deep, coiled center, in the dark! The flower is probably eight inches across.

Queen of the Night-flower

Queen of the Night

You’d never guess from looking at the bud (see “The Queen That Didn’t Bloom”) that this big bloom is folded up inside a bud like this.

Queen of the Night Before Blooming-1

Bud, 2 Days Before Blooming

Night blooming cacti have to wait for cooler night temperatures for their pollinators to do their job. They usually bloom in late June around here. If the Sphinx Moth, one of its biggest pollinators, succeeds in pollinating the flower, the plant will produce a a bright scarlet fruit with black seeds. I have seen two of these in my garden, but I’ve never had one pollinated.

Queen of the Night Blooms

Hyles lineata; White-lined Sphinx Moth, pollinator of Queen of the Night

Here’s another shot with different lighting. The scent is just as lovely and powerful as the blossom.

Queen of the Night-flower2

Night blooming Cereus cacti

Nature in it’s infinite wisdom created a spectacular flower which blooms once a year, or years, only at night! Have you seen one of these in person? It’s quite remarkable. I now have my own plant that is huge! It’s easy to propagate, Zdena just gave me a cutting, and there are stems now reaching eight feet.

Thanks for reading! – Kaye

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  1. Marie Rowe says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Kaye. Just love everything you post. You’re amazing!


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    • Thank you, Marie! I just love know folks half way around the world are appreciating my photos and videos! Well, the UK is not HALF way, but now I have a blog friend in China! Have a great day. I hope you see Mitch in Chicago! – Kaye

  2. MaryZ says:

    Beautiful, Kaye! So glad to see the bloom and wish I could smell it. There was a movie that had a flower that bloomed only once in many years. It caused highjinx and was a funny subplot but I can’t remember the movie.

  3. I think the movie in question is “Meet the parents”?

  4. What a shame it just blooms for only one night only!

  5. Truly God’s creation. Beautiful. Thanks for capturing.

  6. meredehuit says:

    Truly worth staying up late to see!

  7. oceannah says:

    Kaye that is so gorgeous!!! I prefer the second shot. I have smelled this flower before and it is magical! Thanks for this 🙂

  8. msandysehic says:

    wow!! sooooooooo beautiful!! thanks for sharing these photos!! and your tomatoes the other day,too. i had them for lunch! delicious!! 🙂 THANK YOU!!

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