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PlantFiles: 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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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

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:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tchb 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.


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

Zephyrhills, Florida
Livingston, Louisiana

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