Gifted a “Moon flower” ?

My friend gifted me a plant with very long viney stalks. It has sort of spikes on the more mature looking “leaves.” It feels more like aloe vera than a flower stalk. They claim it is a moon flower and supposed to only bloom at night. I can’t find anything that looks like this online. Any ideas?

Hi Rosie,

I am sorry to be so long in getting back to you, but I am a senior citizen and have been in the hospital.

Your plant looks like a Night Blooming Cereus other names for it are: Epiphyllum oxypetalum, Orchid Cactus, Queen of the Night Cactus. Here are a few care tips and a picture of the flower it produces

Water: This is a succulent plant so water well and then allow the top 25% of the soil to dry out before watering again.

Light: bright indirect light, even some morning sun

Winter Rest: A Queen of the Night Cactus needs to rest for 6-8 weeks during the winter for the flower buds to set in March. Keep the soil dry and do not feed when the plant is resting. Place the plant in a cool (not below 40°F  (4.5°C ) dark area during this time.

fertilizer: Feed a  Queen of the Night Cactus monthly in the early spring through the fall. Use a  plant food high in potassium to encourage more flowers.

Pot Size: This plant likes to be root-bound in smaller pots. Re-pot in the spring when the plant is not blooming.

Flowering: A Queen of the Night Cactus produces large flowers in spring or early summer, but only at night. Here is a picture of the flower.

If possible, please send me an email so I know you received my reply to your question. Unfortunately, many times my answer ends up in someone’s trash, spam, or junk.

Again, I am sorry to have taken so long in answering your question.

Stay safe and let me know if you need any more help with your plants.

Judy