Night blooming cereus: Part 1
The first in a series of three photos of the night blooming cereus.
Tue, Oct 05, 2010 at 12:23 PM
PART ONE: Night blooming cereus first bud, Oct. 1, 2010. (Photo: Sean Deskin)
This is a night blooming cereus plant that I moved from my house in New Orleans to my folks' house in the Galveston Bay area and completely forgot about for about a month. Luckily, the night blooming cereus tends to throw its bloom when it is stressed. The plant produces a proud but fragile flower that emits a very subtle fragrance somewhere between a citrus bloom and an angel trumpeter's aroma that is pleasant throughout the night of its bloom. But shortly after the bloom loses its integrity (usually the morning after, in my experience with the flower), and it begins to emit a faint scent of decay. The cereus's flower typically blooms towards the end of May, but it will bloom occasionally during other times of the year as is the case with this plant. Also, this is the first flower that this particular plant has produced.
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