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Lady of the Night Cactus
Scientific Name: Cereus hexagonus (L.) Mill.
Synonym: Cereus perlucens, Pilocereus perlucens, Cephalocereus perlucens, Cereus longiflorus, Cereus lepidotus, Cactus hexagonus, Pilosocereus perlucens
Family: Cactaceae
Lady of the Night Cactus (Cereus  hexagonus)
An antique photo of Cereus hexagonus in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Guyanas, Venezuela

Growth Habits: Columnar many-stemmed cactus, over 30 feet tall (9 m), stems up to 6 inches in diameter (15 cm), 4 to 7 ribs, older specimens have up to 10 spines, some up to 2.4 inches long (6 cm), younger might have none.

Watering Needs:


Cereus hexagonus in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Blooming Habits:
White flower, greenish outer petals with reddish margin, followed by pale red fruit, 8 inches long (20 cm)

Fruiting Habits:

Seeds, cuttings

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