Lompoc Cactus

A list of night blooming cactus from the Lompoc Record.

Night-blooming cactus

The first royal member, also known as night-blooming cereus or Honolulu-queen (Hylocereus undatus), may climb 25 feet….

The next queen is also known as serpent cactus, snake cactus or night-blooming cereus (Nyctocereus serpentinus), and is native to Mexico and Central America. Its spiny stems may flop, twist and turn for up to 10 feet…

The third queen (Selenicereus grandiflorus) is native to Jamaica and Cuba and is widely planted in tropical America, where it scales trees via aerial roots….

Wooly torch (Pilocereus leucocephalus) forms unusual, blue–green columns covered in white, hairy wool. Its white flowers attract bats in its native eastern Mexico and Central America….

Creeping devil (Stenocereus eruca) slinks as far as 20 feet along the ground, armed with nasty pink or yellow spines….

Also look for Dutchman’s pipe (Epiphyllum oxypetalum). In the garden, Dutchman’s pipe is best in filtered light and planted in a hanging basket…

This is a handy list you should cut out and laminate and hang on your refrigerator door.

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