Understandably, I had to stay awake to witness the beautiful show put on by my Princess of the Night (another name given to this plant).
I acquired my Cereus as a cutting about ten years ago and have grown it in a clay pot. I posted about it blooming the first time last year, and this year I was a bit more diligent about photographing its two blooms (circled above).
I decided to photograph both flowers beginning yesterday evening to create a time-lapse from bud through full opening of the blossom. Flower #1 is on the left in each image, Flower #2 is on the right.
Close up of Flower #1 below.
All photographs by Alamodeus.
By 6:30 am, the petals had closed with the first rays of the morning sun, leaving us to await another midsummer's night before the next Cereus show.
Now, I may just take a nap!