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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Are you familiar with this plant? 

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  1. ~Lavender Dreamer~ says:

    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. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Such beautiful blooms. 🙂 That would make me smile every time I walk by!

  3. Wow, this is beautiful!

  4. FrouFrouBritches says:

    So pretty! I’m so jealous of your green thumb!

  5. Fashion Meets Food says:

    wow how gorgeous!!! xo

  6. I have never seen this plant before- the blooms are beautiful though. I would keep it around too!
    Zoe

  7. Richella says:

    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!

  8. 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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