Night-blooming Cereus

(Cereus peruvianus)

A close-up of the top of a Night-blooming Cereus cactus.

The Night Blooming Cereus has some variability in its growth. It mainly grows similar to a tree-form, having stems that curve upward resembling branches. At maturity it can reach as high as 35 feet. Spines may be completely absent or grow as long as two inches.

This cactus has bloomed at Sunnylands producing a large, beautiful white bloom, tipped in pinks and reds. The bloom is followed by a red fruit with white pulp.

Assumed to be native to Venezuela and the Caribbean, but due to wide cultivation and distribution, this is not confirmed.

Also: Cereus repandus (Anderson)

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