Epiphyllum oxypetalum struts it’s stuff only at night and then only if you are really paying attention. The last few nights have involved regular checks on the Epiphyllum in the greenhouse. I could see where I had missed earlier flowerings and didn’t want to miss the full explosion of flowers. At about 8pm last night this is what the buds looked like. The green leaves are Bougainvillea and Guava — the Epiphyllum is the cactus-like stem.
By 9:15pm it was clear that this was going to be a special night.
And by 10:30pm they were fully in bloom.
It’s altogether how amazing the bloom phase is. For most of it’s year this is really a nondescript, even ugly plant, but when those flowers appear they are wonderful to behold. The fragrance is difficult to describe. I called it cinnamon, but Beth said that it was simply spicy. In any case, simple, easy to grow plant with summertime evening reward…