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Serpent Cactus

Located in the extension to the Cactus Garden is a small columnar cactus flowering for the first time at the South Coast Botanic Garden.  This is a spectacular species of the genus Peniocereus as the flowers are large and stand upright from the plant stem.  Flowers open during the evening hours and it produces a sweet scent lasting into the day.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

Mexican Night-blooming Cereus
Latin Name: 
Peniocereus serpentinus
Family Name: 
Cactaceae
Place of Origin: 
Mexico
Bloom Time: 
Jul
Aug
Plant Types: 
Garden Location: 
Desert Garden