Florida: Huge Night Blooming Cactus Flower
September 16, 2015 15 Comments
Our night blooming “Apple Cactus” flower opened around midnight one evening last week (Cereus peruvianus monstrose). Common names for the many different varieties of night blooming cacti include “Queen of the Night” and “Princess of the Night”. I dug out our camera gear and photographed the flower for about an hour, while fighting off hordes of mosquitoes. The apple cactus is native to South America, and is named after its edible red fruit (a similar fruit available in the grocery store is the “dragon fruit”). The delicate white petals of the cactus flower remind me of feathers. This huge 6-inch flower is a real beauty!