Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum)

Epiphyllum, also known as Orchid Cactus, is a jungle-leaf cacti or leaf-flowering cacti native to Central America.  My grandmother gave my Epiphyllum to me when she moved from her house into a retirement home.  Each spring I await its glorious blooms.
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The photograph below was taken last Sunday.  This past week I’ve watched the buds slowly open.
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Epiphyllum blooms on the ends of its long, strappy leaves.  I am so tempted 11 months out of 12 to get rid of this plant because it is so big and also prickly but when I see its flowers each spring I don’t have the heart to get rid of it.
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It’s gotten so  big that we have to walk around it when we come through the screened porch door.  Though inconvenient, it’s worth it when we see these blooms.
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8 Comments

  1. How amazing! My husband saw a big cactus getting ready to bloom in our community. I need to remember to go and take pics when it does! Enjoy your week! ♥

  2. Paula, you have such a green thumb. Seems like growing a cactus would be easy, but I’ve never been able to do it. This one has the most beautiful blossoms I’ve ever seen! What a glorious springtime treat!

  3. I have one of these too – in pink. I love it. In flower it is gorgeous, and when not flowering it is still a great feature plant. Happy gardening

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