Selenicereus grandiflorus | ‘Queen of the Night’ | Live plant

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A beautiful ornamental hanging cactus which also makes for great grafting stock! Live plant.

Selenicereus grandiflorus | ‘Queen of the Night’ | Live plant

(syn. Cereus grandiflorus, Cereus hondurensisSelenicereus hondurensis)

Adding to our range of beautiful plants which also make good grafting root stocks, here’s Selenicereus grandiflorus – the popular ‘Queen of the Night’. Available as well-rooted clones from our mother plants.

Before we go any further, we should make it absolutely clear that it’s known that the true form of this species is exceedingly rare in cultivation, with most of the genetics available under the name actually other, related species or hybrids – sometimes even plants of the similar-looking Epiphyllum genus too. For reference, commonly-confused grandiflorus hybrids include Selenicereus x callianthus, a cross with Selenicereus pteranthus which may represent much of the material commonly labelled as grandiflorus. That said, we’re assured that this is the true type – but please do let us know if you believe us to be in error!

Selenicereus grandiflorus is a hanging cactus species which is native to the Antilles, Mexico and Central America. Known informally as the ‘Large-Flowered Cactus’, ‘Night-Blooming Cereus’, ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘Sweet-Scented Cactus’ and ‘Vanilla Cactus’, it occurs naturally climbing on rocks and trees at seven-hundred metres above sea level. Over the years, this species has been synonymous with a multitude of botanical names – even for a cactus! These names include: Cactus grandiflorus, Cereus donkelaarii, Cereus grandiflorus, Cereus grandiflorus affinis, Cereus grandiflorus uranos, Cereus grandiflorus var. haitiensis, Cereus grandiflorus var. minor, Cereus grandiflorus var. spectabilis, Cereus hondurensis, Cereus scandens minor, Cereus schmidtii, Cereus tellii, Cereus uranos, Selenicereus donkelaarii and Selenicereus hondurensis.

This is an extremely variable species, with sprawling, tangled glaucous green branches up to nine metres / thirty feet long – minimally-spined and with edges ranging from somewhat wavy to markedly knobbed. Funnel-shaped flowers are large (a maximum of roughly thirty centimetres in length), bloom only briefly and with a fragrance reminiscent of orange and vanilla. Ovoid fruit is whitish-pink-orange-red, seven-centimetres in diameter by nine-centimetres long, and coated with a fine hairy layer of spines.

Like other Selenicereus species, grandiflorus is a useful grafting root stock, which we sometimes use to graft young Trichocereus seedlings on a semi-long-term basis. Slightly slower, but much lower maintenance than the popularly-utilised Pereskiopsis spathulata, for comparison!

Grow the ‘Queen of the Night’ in a fertile, well-drained soil mix in full sun. Keep the temperature above 5°C / 41°F, water only when the top layer of soil is dry (but more frequently than, say, Trichocereus species) and fertilise to your preference during the growing season.

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~15cm tall, ~20cm tall

Common Name

Queen of the Night






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