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A picture of a Moonflower

Moonflower

Selenicereus wittii

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Partial Shade
Light watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Moonflower Overview

Selenicereus wittii is a perennial epiphytic cactus species from the Cactaceae family. It originates from rainforest habitat in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Commonly known by the name Moonflower, this plant is pollinated by just 2 specific species of hawkmoth, Cocytius cruentus and Amphimoena walkeri. It rarely flowers, but when it does, it can produce large white blooms with a strong sweet scent. It is short-lived and quickly transforms from a sweet scent to a rancid, unpleasant odour. Some sources report Strophocactus wittii as the true species name.

How to propagate Moonflower

Cuttings

Special features of Moonflower

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Drought resistant