PHOTOS: Night-Blooming Cereus make their annual appearance in St. Pete

Photo of night blooming cactus
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Something lovely has been happening all across the ‘Burg. The night-blooming cereus has made its annual appearance in the Sunshine City. Our friend Brady Diggs was kind enough to share some photos of the blooms — and they are pure Florida magic.

Photo courtesy of Brady Diggs

Night-blooming Cereus is the common name referring to a large number of flowering ceroid cacti that bloom at night. The flowers are short lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus, bloom only once a year, for a single night.

Photo courtesy of Trent Manke

You can find these beauties all over the Old Northeast, in Historic Kenwood, Woodlawn and Crescent Heights.

Here’s what the Night-blooming Cereus appear right before they open up at night.

Have you seen any in your area? Feel free to share your photos in the comments below!

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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