June 22, 2017

One Night to Love

Michelle Byram Photo | Night-blooming Cereus

Michelle Byram Photo | Night-blooming Cereus

Night-blooming Cereus

Michelle Byram Photo | Night-blooming Cereus

Night-blooming Cereus

Michelle Byram Photo | Night-blooming Cereus

Most flowering plants blossom for days at a time. Some plants, like a day lily, blossom just for a day but have lots of blooms over many days. Then there are plants that blossom just for a day. Then there’s Peniocereus greggii that blossoms just once — at night. Night-blooming cereus is native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. This apt description comes from Desert USA: “The night-blooming cereus is a member of the cactus family that resembles nothing more than a dead bush most of the year. It is rarely seen in the wild because of its inconspicuousness. But for one midsummer’s night each year, its exquisitely scented flower opens as night falls, then closes forever with the first rays of the morning sun.”

Submitted by Michelle Byram, who wrote that it “blooms only one evening each year. About the size of a dinner plate with the most wonderful scent! Smells like a combination of jasmine, vanilla, rose and citrus. It took quite a few years for the plant to bloom, but waiting for that one night each year just feels magical!”

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Night-blooming Cereus

Michelle Byram Photo | The bud of the Night-blooming Cereus