“Queen of the Night,” 6 by 6 photo, by Polly Curran
Sarasota Branch, Florida
The “Queen of the Night” is an extraordinary plant. It is prized for its excellence in bloom, size, fragrance — and the fact that it only blooms for a single night each year. It is also called “night-blooming cereus,” a subtropical cactus.
I have this plant in my garden and enjoy watching the progress from a small bud to the moment it begins to turn its face upward and finally show its full bloom, maybe 6 inches in diameter. I wrote a haiku for this very special moment:
She makes her appearance hidden in darkness
Behold her radiance for one night only;
This remarkable Queen of the Night