Queen of the Night Cactus Seeds (Selenicereus grandiflorus) 20+Seeds
Queen of the night, sweet-scented cactus, large-flowered cactus, vanilla cactus, large blooming cereus, large-flowered torch thistle, lunar flower, organillo.
Habitat: Night blooming cereus is native to the desert and semi-desert regions of the Antilles, tropical America, Mexico, and the southern United States.
Plant Description: Night blooming cereus is a climbing cactus with vining, cylindrical stems.
Selenicereus grandiflorus is usually a “functional epiphyte”; meaning the plant can thrive either as an epiphyte or a terrestrial plant. An epiphyte is a plant that grows on another plant for mechanical structure but not for nutrients.
The stems send out adventitious (refers to structures that develop in an unusual place) roots to clasp their support plants.
The prefix “Seleni” in the botanical name refers to the moon, in allusion to the nocturnal blooms, which are very large and full-bodied.
The stems are green to bluish-green, becoming purplish along the ribs and having small radiating spines. The very large, 8-12 inch flowers are terminal and lateral from the spine clusters.
The flowers bloom for only about six hours, opening in the evening and having a sweet-smelling vanilla-like fragrance. The outer petals of the flower are brown, orange or lemon yellow; the inner petals are white, oblanceolate, with an acute apex. The areoles of the ovary and flower tube bear long hair like spines.
In the wild, the cactus is pollinated by bats and large moths. The fruits look something like a gooseberry, with a pink to orange-red to a whitish color, ovoid, with numerous hair like spines.