Flowering cactus belong to a tribe called Trichocereeae. There are 25 members, species, of these cacti including the night blooming variety.
One of our cacti had a gorgeous white flower bloom in the night. Shadow stuck his nose in it as soon as I let him outside so this flower must smell wonderful!
Many people call the cactus in the photo below, the Easter lily cactus. This beauty is part of the large genus called Echinopsis, which contains over 100 species of treelike to globose, (shape of a sphere or ball).
Along with Shadow, bees and hummingbirds love these cactus blooms!
Echinopsis cactus species are known for the great size of the flower tube. See the size of the tube on the cactus photo below. The Flowers from these cacti tend to be much larger than you would expect.
This cactus bloomed during the night. We adore our garden surprises from our variety of cacti. Sadly the flowers only last for a day. The cactus flower shrivels up and by morning you won’t even know it was there.
Caring for your flowering cactus is quite easy. Cactus should be grown in full sun and well drained soil. The soil for Echinopsis cactus species should never be saturated, as the soft fibrous roots will rot if kept wet for any length of time.