J+R originally had this Cereus plant but gave it
to us when they thought they would be moving. The plant
itself (5-6 years old) is not too pretty and is tall and
gangly. Much to our surprise, we noticed the flower(s)
starting at the end of July 2006. And to our great pleasure,
it bloomed (with 2 flowers) on the last day of July. The
whole process was truly magical. K likened it to the birth
of a child.
You can find a lot about Cereus by googling Cereus.
We found that there are several forms of Cereus with the most prevalent being the Cereus Cactus found in the American Southwest. It is nocturnal and flowers only once a year. The bloom does have an odor which becomes more pleasant as it opens. Supposedely the bloom is made to attract moths for I presume pollination. Also the plants bloom if they are under stress.
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