Commonly flowers bloom during day time as they require sunlight to get their color and fragrance. Usually in places where sunlight does not reach aplenty, flowers do not display colors of many hues. But there are some rare flowers in this world that bloom only at night. Night Queen is one such flower belonging to cactus variety that blooms in the dark. A Night Queen flower bloomed at a house of the city’s old town ‘Bakshibazar’ area on Tuesday night.
Night Queens offer nature lovers a rare occasion to see the fascinating flower that blossoms once a year.
House owner said neighbours rushed to the house after catching the fragrance from the blooming Night Queen flower. News spread among the people of the area very quickly and many rushed over all night to enjoy the beauty and take pictures of the flowers.
Queen of the Night, the plant has pure white flowers which often are the size of a dinner plate. They open after dark and stay open all night.
Because it blooms only at night, the flower has an aura of mystery, and sadly, its white serene beauty, closes and dies with the morning sun rise.
He says, “The flower has unusual shades of white, cream and light yellow, which often reflect the night-sky.
Unfortunately, its beauty lasts only for a night and at the break of dawn, it closes its petals in a tight ball and droops.”
Watch the plant when it throws out several tiny buds from the leaves. These grow rapidly and several days before blooming the pendulous buds turn their heads upwards before opening at night. The Queen of the Night makes a great gift to any flower lover friend.
According to experts, Night-blooming cereus is the common name referring to a large number of flowering carotid cacti that bloom at night. The flowers are short lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus, bloom only once a year, for a single night. Other names for one or more cacti with this habit are princess of the night, Honolulu queen (for Hylocereus undatus), Christ in the manger, dama de noche and queen of the night (which is also used for an unrelated plant species).
Zahid Hossain Biplob