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Queen of the Night – Selenicereus grandifloras


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This variety requires pollen from another compatible variety to set fruit

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Queen of the Night

Queen of the Night is cactus species that originated from the Antilles, Mexico, and Central America region, where it is found growing up trees and rocks. The first species was brought into cultivation in the 1700s; however, finding the exact species is rare in agriculture. Four subspecies are recognized; they include ssp. donkelaarii, ssp. grandiflorus, ssp. hondurensis and spp. lautneri. Spicy Exotics collected this variety from a grower in California.

Like many Selenicereus species, this variety is nocturnal blooming, and this is how it gets its common name.  Flower buds start with lots of white hairs on them. Soon after, slender floral tubes open up to 8 to 10 inch wide flowers that fill the air with a sweet-smelling vanilla fragrance. The flower is white and yellow with bronze back petals when fully opened. Once mature, this species puts on a show with lots of flowers.

Fruits from the Queen of the Night are small and unique with the exterior of the fruit burgundy, turning red. Hair-like spines also cover the fruit but they can be brushed off once the fruit is ready for harvest. The white flesh of the fruit is firm with small crunchy seeds. The flavor of the fruit is pleasant with a tangy aftertaste when picked early.


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