Epiphyllum pumilum, commonly known as the White Orchid Cactus or the Crenate Orchid Cactus, is an epiphytic cactus native to the tropical rainforests of Central America, particularly in regions of Mexico and Guatemala. Belonging to the Cactaceae family, this attractive plant is admired for its beautiful, fragrant flowers and its unique growth habit.
Epiphyllum pumilum features flat, elongated, and green stem segments that are usually notched or scalloped along the edges. These stems act as the plant's leaves, helping it photosynthesize and store water.
The most captivating aspect of Epiphyllum pumilum is its stunning flowers. The plant produces large, fragrant, nocturnal blooms that are white or cream-colored with a yellow center. The flowers are funnel-shaped, measuring up to 8 inches (20 cm) in length, and typically appear in late spring or early summer. Due to their nocturnal nature, these blooms open at night and close by mid-morning the next day.
As an epiphytic plant, Epiphyllum pumilum naturally grows on trees or other plants, rather than in the soil. In cultivation, it is often grown in hanging baskets or mounted on bark, allowing the stems to cascade downward. This plant prefers bright, indirect light and well-draining, humus-rich soil. It requires moderate water during the growing season and less during the winter months.
Epiphyllum pumilum makes for a beautiful and unique addition to any home interior, thanks to its gorgeous flowers and intriguing growth habit. Its relatively easy care requirements and captivating appearance make it a popular choice among plant enthusiasts.
◉ Each plant is unique and may therefore differ from the images shown, which are for illustration purposes only; size and shape may vary by season so all measurements shown are approximate ◉ Supplied in original nursery grow pot