Regardless of genus or species, night-blooming cereus flowers are almost always white or very pale shades of other colors. All of our flowers open after nightfall, and by daylight are wilting. We have two plants that bear slightly different flowers but both are thin-stemmed climbers. The flowers are huge, about the size of a side plate, bright white with pale yellow stamen.
Our more mature night blooming cereus rewarded us with 15 flowers all opening at once two nights ago. It’s not easy to describe the beauty of the flowers and the headiness of the scent that fills the air. It’s an ugly plant by day but when it flowers it’s truly transformed into the “Queen of the Night”. We used a flashlight to assist with focusing as a flash tends to remove all the precious detail.
Queen of the Night
“Mighty oceans of darkness gently flow
Shiny pearls like stars brightly glow
Sensation of your elegant bloom
Appears once in a blue moon
Suspending on a rough spiky surface
Swaying like a pretty young princess
Blooming throughout one summer night
Until become whole and bright
Seducing enigmatic fragrance of absolute divine
Mesmerizing sweet scent of mother nature’s design
Precious wonder under the calm moonlight
You are the gracious Queen of the Night…”