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!

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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