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by Denise
(Perth Western Australia)


Orchid Cactus bloom

The plant has long flat leaves/stems. Blooms are soft, fragile, succulent, white and pink. Petals looks like tendrils

Hi Denise, without seeing the actual plant it’s hard to tell exactly what the plant is, but from your description, I’m thinking that you have an Orchid Cactus.

You can see more about these interesting plants here: Epiphyllum. These are epiphytes and originate in high tree canopies in the jungle, not really what you would think of as a place to find succulent plants, but they survive off the mist and rain showers that run down the tree limbs.

Other similar plants are the well known Christmas Cactus, or Schlumbergera and its relatives, and the plant known as Queen of the Night.

The flowers of all of these plants are short lived, in some cases less than 24 hours, so it takes a sharp eye to notice when the blooms are about to open so you don’t miss them.

Best of luck with your plant,

Comments for large flat leaf succulent with soft pink white blooms

Sep 13, 2014
We have these…
by: Julie

We have had this plant in our family since the 60’s. It was my grandmother’s plant. The “country” name for it is Jesus Plant. It blooms at night. The inside of the bloom looks like a cradle with a star rising above it. The real name, as far as we could find…is Night Blooming Cereus.

Sep 13, 2014
Not quite the same thing…
by: Jacki

Although closely related, the Queen of the Night, or Night Blooming Cereus is not quite the same as Epiphyllum, which is Orchid Cactus.

Nov 12, 2014
leaf succullent with soft pink white blooms
by: anita

in my country,Indonesia, the name is “wijayakusuma” bloom,we have story, if the bloom, wich have house will give prize or lucky,

Nov 18, 2016
Goble plants
by: Velvet goble)

Can you tell me does it bloom every year? I’ve had it a year and it bloomed right before I got it – it still had the dead bloom on it

Nov 18, 2016
Once a year only
by: Jacki

Yes, it blooms once a year – but it depends on if it gets the right treatment, and can have a somewhat dry dormant period during the summer.

Then, in late August or early September, it needs good watering again, and to be kept in bright daylight, such as hanging in a tree, which triggers the buds to form. If it doesn’t get this gradually shortening of day length, it won’t bloom very much.

Best of luck with it!

Aug 02, 2018
amazing blooms
by: candy major

that is night blooming cereus, a succulent.

Sep 11, 2018
I have a big one
by: Toni

I’ve had mine for about 2years and it’s always bloomed around the middle of September to the first of October. It gets at least 2 blooms every year so beautiful!!! And I’m in Florida too.

Oct 07, 2018
Orchid Bloom
by: Valerie Foster

I have had mine for about 10 years. I just looked it up to see what it was called. I have always missed the bloom. I caught it this year and it’s beautiful.

Aug 06, 2019
Cactus Orchid
by: Babbs

Cactus Orchid

Sep 18, 2020
Reina de la noche
by: Ruth

I have had this plant for years. The flowers bloom big and beautiful. It has given me lots of baby plants it never dies I found the name is “Reina de la noche”

Sep 18, 2020
Queen of the Night
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

Ruth, your plant is slightly different, although they do look similar. Queen of the Night is Hylocereus, while the Orchid Cactus is Epiphyllum.

Jan 02, 2022
Epiphyllum oxypetalum
by: Monte

It’s a Epiphyllum oxypetalum

Common Name(s): Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus, Lady of the Night, Night-blooming Cereus, Orchid Cactus, Queen of the Night