Night-Blooming Cereus, Flower of the Day, July 12, 2018


This is a very special posting as this cactus indigenous to Arizona and the Sonaora desert blooms only once a year for one night.  As I was leaving Viva Mexico tonight with a young man I’d brought there to consult with Agustin–a very emotional event for us both, Tia Lupita, Agustin’s aunt,  came running out of the restaurant and up the block after us.  She put two of these blooms in my hand, telling me to put them in the refrigerator tonight and tomorrow night they would bloom fully.  They are so gorgeous now that I can’t imagine their improving overnight, but I have minded her, after taking these photos.

I have been waiting my whole life to see this flower which I have read about so often and it means so much to me that she sought to give them to me. How I love Mexico and the people in it! The bloom as pictured is about 6 inches across. Click on any photo to see all, enlarged, as a slide series.

Coincidentally, Cee also published a photo of an incredible cactus bloom. See her flower HERE.

17 thoughts on “Night-Blooming Cereus, Flower of the Day, July 12, 2018

    1. lifelessons Post author

      I know. My heart is still full to bursting with it. It is the second time in my life that this has happened to me and I’ve never forgotten the first time either. I was walking alone down the middle of the dirt street in Bali when a little girl came running out of a store and place something in my hand and ran away. My hand closed over it and when I opened my hand, it was full of flower petals. I have never forgotten it. It was a perfect metaphor for my month in Bali in 1973.

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