If you want to witness the spectacular one-night bloom of “the Queen of the Night”, you need to wait a full year, as the night-blooming cereus blooms only once, maybe twice a year, and for one-night only. A member of the cacti family, a bud will appear and within a few days will be ready to unfold during the night. As daylight dims into night, this amazing flower begins to open, and unfurl into a large, beautiful, fragrant blossom. But enjoy it quickly – it will be gone tomorrow!
A short 27-second time-lapse demonstrates the dramatic opening of the night-blooming cereus. Actual opening takes about three hours.