“Queen of the Night” Blooming at Selby Gardens May 31

May 31, 2017

The rare cactus flower bloom event occurs once a year and will be marked with a street watch party.

Who: Selenicereus (a.k.a Queen of the Night), a flowering cactus that blooms once a year.
What: Selby Gardens is hosting a free, pop-up bloom-viewing party on Palm Avenue to witness the annual blooming of the “Queen of the Night.”
When: 8 – 11 p.m., Wed., May 31, rain or (moon)shine
Where: 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, Fla., 34236
Why: Selenicereus is an epiphytic, lithophytic and terrestrial cactus genus found in Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America.

On a single night each year, as twilight moves to night, spectacular blossoms open up all along the length of the plant for a few brief hours. Then, as dawn creeps in on the horizon, the petals close up and the show ends.

The plant’s generic name is derived from Selene, the Greek moon goddess, and cereus, meaning “candle” in Latin.

Selby Gardens’ botanists will be on hand to answer plant questions.

The 2016 bloom attracted several hundred people throughout the night time event.

Guests should bring:

  • Cameras
  • Bug Spray
  • Lawn Chairs (a limited number of chairs available)
  • Flashlight


About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $20 (ages 18 and up), ages 4-17 $10, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Connect with us on social channels by searching @selbygardens.