What can be said about this flower that hasn’t been said already? The plant itself is plain and homely and looks sickly most of the time—she blooms when you least expect it. If you don’t watch her daily you will certainly not know to stay up and go outside in the dark with a flashlight to capture her amazing beauty on the one day she decides to bloom. There are many lessons to be learned from this magnificent cereus. Although she looks like something the cat dragged over—don’t underestimate her reserves. From homely and plain plants can come great beauty. Always have batteries in your flashlight you never know when you’ll need them for an outdoor, evening cereus adventure. Oh I forgot to mention that there are three buds on this cereus and they opened on different nights. See if you can spot them. I only witnessed one of the blooms. Some of the pictures are blurry in my attempt to show you how delicately the buds are attached to the plant. That is another lesson this plant teaches us–umbilical cords are something else!
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