Monster Plant – Night-blooming Cereus by Dawn Marie Hamilton

One of the things I enjoy doing when not writing is gardening. Whether outside or inside, I adore plants. All kinds of plants. From the most common to the exotic. This is a tale about a plant that many would call unusual. I love it!

Monster Plant 1

My husband fondly calls it ‘Monster’. And when I care for it, he calls me, ‘Morticia’.

I don’t really spray dust on it.

My love for Monster started years ago, when a friend asked me to care for her plants while she was on an archaeology assignment in Africa for several months. Monster took up prime real estate in the west facing window of our kitchen. One night, she bloomed. The most beautiful flower I’d ever grown.

So…I took a cutting. Just one shoot. Seven years later, you see the plant above. In those seven years, it never bloomed.

Now here is the thing–the thing that feels supernatural…the other morning these appeared.

Monster Pod 1

Tune the theme for Little Shop of Horrors.

The evening before it bloomed…

Monster Pod 2

By midnight it looked like this…

monster FlowerMonster Plant with Flower

Monster Plant Droop

The last picture is from the following morning. The Night-blooming Cereus flower lasts for only one night then it’s gone.

~Dawn Marie


Posted on September 21, 2014, in An Authors Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Dawn, I had one for 3 years before it bloomed, and it was exactly as you said. The bud is quite alien-looking! But the bloom is worth the wait! My grandmother has a pink one. Lovely!

  2. It’s lovely, but did you have to feed it blood? *g* Seriously, you are dedicated!

  3. When my mom passed, she had a leaf of this plant started in water on her kitchen sink. I had no clue as to what it was, but I figured she wanted to grow it, so I took it home, planted it and two years later, it bloomed two of the strangest looking pink flowers on one stem. Only because it had one stem with leaves. I found out then what the plant was. Now I have another stem growing about 4 feet tall and no leaves on it yet. I figure it will start to droop eventually. I do enjoy your pic of your plant, it looks a lot like mine only yours is bigger. Thanks!

  4. I put into my pot a flat green leaf of a white Queen of Night plant … after 2 months there was a long round stem … appeared almost over night… I am so grateful for your picture, because now i can imagine what to expect in future … leaves seem to develop one day … i’ll try to patiently wait for 7 years for flowers …
    Do they need fertilizer?

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