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Costa Rican Night Blooming Cactus

Hylocereus costaricensis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hylocereus (hy-loh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: costaricensis (kos-tah-ree-KEN-sis) (Info)
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Vines and Climbers

Cactus and Succulents


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona

San Marino, California

Brandon, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 21, 2009, CostaRica from Guayabo de Bagaces, Guanacaste,
Costa Rica (Zone 10b) wrote:

We have this plant growing on top of a rock wall. Very interesting to watch the development of the bloom.The blooms start to open here about 8pm
Fruit is delicious! Never watered or fed even during prolonged dry season.
Not: the bloom only lasts 8-9 hours not a few day as noted in a post.


On Jun 9, 2008, 2ndChance from Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cactus grows great in full blazing sun with little to no water. Triangular stock with large spines. Upward climbing habit will wind around anything. Blooms at night year-round. Blooms 2-3 consecutive nights. Faint scent to my nose.


On May 6, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

aggressive, but very attractive tree climber... roots into trunks. Can be an epiphyte. Supposedly has great blooms, but never been to the botanical gardens at night, so not sure if I will ever see them. Square sided robust green plant.