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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 (this one), ssp. hondurensis and spp. lautneri. Spicy Exotics collected its Queen of Night from a grower in California.


The growth of Queen of the Night is green and a half inch in diameter, and growth is usually seven-sided, with spines along each side. Once mature, appearance becomes more cylindrical. When the plant begins to be stressed, the rib line will turn a dark red color giving the appearance of stripes. In Louisiana, our stem segments can get as large as five to six feet, but in the wild, they can get twice as long.


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 fruit’s burgundy exterior 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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2 reviews for Queen of the Night – Selenicereus grandifloras

  1. Jessica Puppe (verified owner)

    Got this as part of a growing (already large) collection of night blooming & fruiting cacti… it was slightly thin upon arrival but with time, in JUST damp coco coir, it rooted and has taken off! Although we’re on the cusp of winter in southern California its growing happily with 4+ new shoots!

  2. tracy.menard (verified owner)

    I received this small cuttings in mid December 2020, it rooted and plump up very quickly, by January 20th is started growing three new shoots. The last few weeks Hawaii has had a lot of rain and it’s sister HMT had trouble with all the water, however QN is just fine with the extra water and is doing very well. The new shoots are furry and pink, it’s adorable. I’m excited to see what it’ll look like by the end of the year.

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Queen of the Night – Selenicereus grandifloras


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