Beauty Under the Moon

Epiphyllum oxipetalum, queen of the night cactus that blooms only at night, in our greenhouse. Lesley has been checking it every night and last night, voila! In India, it’s called Brahma Kamalam, named after the Hindu god of creation. In Japan, it is called “Beauty under the Moon.” It is very fragrant, may bloom once a year for a few days.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Beauty Under the Moon

  1. I once fished out a very long & ratty-looking plant from someone’s trash bin… tossed it on my patio and kinda forgot about it for a few days. I cut off several healthy-looking areas and planted them in pots. I still had about 10 ft of this plant. A neighbor took several pieces and said she thought it was a night-blooming cereus. Within a year several friends had taken cuttings from this decrepit looking plant and we had about 30 or so beautiful plants! Most bloomed for years. That was my most successful plant rescue in years. Unfortunately, I moved out of the states when I retired and had to give my plants away… but I’d bet that one is still blooming. (in Houston, Texas)

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