Gardening at night…

These cacti are a fairly common occurrence in Durban and other parts of South Africa. They have an amazing flower that only opens at night and early morning. Commonly known as the Princess / Queen of the Night, the nightblooming cereus, which I have in my garden and had always assumed was indigenous, does in fact originate from Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America.

And as bev18 from Port Alfred comment on this blog:

“We in South Africa regard this plant as an alien invader. It grows all over the place and although I admired it for many years, it was not until a friend of mine showed me the edible portion that I really began to appreciate it. The flower, in the correct conditions, grows into an interesting fruit which when chilled and sliced, is delicious. Not unlike a Kiwi fruit.”

Aesthetic and delicious. Should I chop it?

Queen of the Night 01

Queen of the Night 01

Queen of the Night 02

Queen of the Night 02

7 Responses to Gardening at night…

  1. Dagmar March 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Don’t chop it unless you replace it with something indigenous at the same time – something green is sometimes better than nothing.

  2. brendan March 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    kill it. the invaders must die!

  3. Niall McNulty March 17, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    I think before you give it the chop you should at least try and eat it. Invite me round, I’d dig to taste it …

  4. emme March 17, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    ja, chop it and serve it, then just plain chop it later. good point dagmar about replacing it. i agree, something green is better than nothing.

  5. Hedmekanik March 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    Hey, tomatoes aren’t indigenous but we let ’em grow all over the joint. If it’s tasty, it stays, that’s my policy. If it isn’t, it’s mulch.

  6. JennyE May 28, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Please remove ( Burn ) it, it is a Category 1 invader and once it escapes into the wild it spreads and is very difficult to control. I know I have seen how invasive it is

  7. mol-d June 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    i think i agree with jeny on this one… maybe get the fruit and then chop it 😉

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