Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Cereus - Wow!!

On May 6, I blogged about a Night-Blooming Cereus that's growing round the corner from my house. Early this morning, my neighbour and I walked by and found this:The blooms were buzzing with bees. They must have been attracted by the strong fragrance, which I could smell from half a block away. The blooms opened up yesterday evening. By 9 a.m. today the blooms were gone. The plant won't bloom again until next May.

11 comments:

Peacechick Mary said...

Gorgeous! We have one in the neighborhood, too and when it blooms, people tour by to enjoy. Thanks for the photos.

LauraHinNJ said...

Ohhh I love white flowers!

Mary said...

So beutiful and so sad they are only there for such a short time.

Pam in Tucson said...

pc mary - Is yours the same variety? Other people have sent me photos of different kinds. They are lovely, aren't they?

laurahinnj - Glad you like our flowers. They are gems in the desert. I envy you your lush garden, though.

mary - Strange isn't it that it's just a one-night stand? Of course, they don't bloom for our pleasure, although we do plant flowers largely for our own pleasure, don't we?

tai haku said...

Wow - quite the display, even if its only for a little while.

Kerri said...

It was such a treat to see this. Thank you!!

kerrdeLune (cate) said...

They're magnificent, and I am speechles!!!

lené said...

Talk about breathtaking! I've never seen flowers like these before. You make me want to travel, Pam. :)

SLW said...

Wow, indeed! I don't remember seeing anything like this when I lived in Arizona... fabulous photos!

Love the prickly pear colors too. We only have a few kinds here...

Jim said...

It's a beautiful plant, but it's not Peniocereus greggii; perhaps a Harrisia species.

Pam in Tucson said...

Thanks, jim. I'm trying to find out what this plant is. Someone else has suggested Epiphyllum oxypetalum. I'm going to take my photos to the Tucson Botanical Gardens and see if they'll help me identify it. In the mean time, I've removed "Peniocereus greggii" from the post.