Moon Cactus, Queen of the Night
Epiphyllum anguliger var. macrocarpa

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Epiphyllum (ep-ih-FYE-lum) (Info)
Species: anguliger var. macrocarpa
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Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Epiphytes

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Zephyrhills, Florida

Livingston, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 18, 2010, tchb from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

One strange plant. Bizarre shape and growing habit. New leaves grow from leaf/stem nodules like a prickly pear. Occasionally sends up tall spires that top out with a new tier of leaf/stems. They hook over branches or supports. During hot, humid weather, some nodules grow buds that will eventually point upwards. Bloom opens after sunset for one night only. I have both single and double bloomers. White to very pale pink. Very fragrant. Attracts huge moths. I've never had a bloom form a seed head tho. Surprisingly, this plant has survived hard freezes with some need to trip dead wood. Easy to propegate by cuttings in water or soil. Will burn in constant sunlight.