Wild, pink, and a Nopalxochia.

Wow. Always amazed me when it flowers – an epiphyllum relative called Nopalxochia phyllanthoides.  Hardy in our garden corridor, though books say not.  Early this year… sometimes it coincides with an epiphyllum with vast white flowers, heavily perfumed, i only know as ‘Dudley Minor’s’ (Dudley was a school friend whose christian name i never knew).  One year I got seed from the cross, and have been crossing the progeny ever since.  I wanted to get the heavy perfume into pink flowers, but so far no luck.  Some very elegant flowers though.  The pan of the very latest seedling awaits pricking out.

Here’s a close-up.  The flowers differ from those of epiphyllum in that the inner petals (tepals probably) make a sort of loose tube, giving a sort of daffodil appearance.  The plant is hugely floriferous, and the hybrids I’ve been getting do quite well too, though nothing like this.  Very easy to grow, too.  The flowers don’t close at night


Here’s a night-time photo of the epiphyllum ‘Dudley Minor’ parent.  The flowers are about 8inches across, and a group like this sends perfume through the entire house.  Each flower lasts about two or three nights.  The plants here now much be about generation 10 of cuttings from the piece that Dudley Minor gave me 60 years ago.  It’s tough.




And here’s one of the hybrids, epiphyllum flower shape, nice gradation of shades of pink, but no damn smell!!!


About david stuart

garden writer and journalist, and occasionally a designer, with a garden in the Scottish borders, and his pal's gardens in Edinburgh, London, and Lincolnshire. They keep both of us very, very busy. Books I've written listed on my website, and dozens of articles and garden and plant pictures. Currently working on several new projects. One of these was to return to painting - see the blog - and which is proving exciting! www.david-stuart.co.uk or, more fun, have a look at www.pinterest.com/davidcstuart
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