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Epiphyllum oxypetalum/Dutchman's-Pipe Cactus, Night Blooming Cereus

Epiphyllum oxypetalum / Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Close-up of this truly exotic flower
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Close-up of this truly exotic flower

This succulent growing in a container

Makes a sturdy container plant

Flowers only in the darkness of night

Flowers quite showey in the dark

Plants can stand a lot of sunlight

New growth in early spring

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Scientific Name: Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Common Name: Dutchman's-Pipe Cactus, Night Blooming Cereus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This succulent is sometimes referred to as the "Queen of the night" because it produces fragrant, exotic flowers at night and then collapses early the following morning. The long flat leaves can reach several feet when growing under ideal conditions. This makes a wonderful container plant growing on the deck, terrace, or patio where the flowers can be viewed up close. When they appear they tend to be subjects of much conversation. Plants grow best in full sunlight to partial shade and in well drained soil. Protect plants from freezing temperatures.