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.

The photograph below was taken last Sunday.  This past week I’ve watched the buds slowly open.

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.

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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  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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