Re: [gardeners] night blooming cereus

George Shirley (
Mon, 09 Sep 2002 13:40:57 -0500

These are the two types of night blooming cereus I am familiar with and
they both have large white flowers.

One is a true cactus and the other is an orchid.

"c.l. avery" wrote:
> Dear George,
>   Glad to hear that your Navy knees have held up to the task!  The Bethesda
> Naval hospital is practically right across the street from where I live.
> The campus where it is located was closed to the public after 9/11, which is
> a shame, as it is a lovely campus with trees, a Vita pathway, picnic areas
> etc.  Plus, it housed the closest McDonald's to me!  I used to visit it
> often.  But, there is a small nuclear reactor on the base - used for medical
> experiments - and it is far better for access to it to be severely limited
> and monitored.  I always thought so, especially after some kind of
> 'accident' at the reactor in the early 80's that closed the base, all the
> local streets, and sent a  radio-controlled  robot into the reactor to fix
> whatever it was that had gone wrong.  Made the local news here but not the
> national news.
>   My cereus had a small -- 1 cm -- bell or cup shaped red lacey "flower" on
> one of the edges of one of the strap-like leaves last night.  Surely that is
> not what the famous good-smelling flower we've all been talking about is
> supposed to be???
>   Carolyn
> Bethesda
> Zone 7a
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