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Queen of the Night

2024 Bloom

Thursday, June 6, 2024

2024 Queen of the Night Bloom Viewing Party

Date: Thursday, June 6
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Two ways to watch 
In-person at our Downtown Sarasota campus
View the bloom in person in the Hobart K. Swan and Janis F. Swan Live Oak Arrival Court next to the Morganroth Family Living Energy Access Facility (LEAF) parking structure.
See map below.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Food and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase.
Please bring your own lawn chairs.

Virtual via live stream
View this evening’s spectacular show LIVE on our Facebook page!

Queen of the Night in bloom

2021 Bloom

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Thank you for joining us for the one-night-only Selenicereus, Queen of the Night, Virtual and In-Person Bloom Viewing Party!

Take a look at some of the 2021 blooms below:

Selenicereus about to bloom
Selenicereus in bloom at dusk
Guests watch the Selenicereus
Selenicereus in bloom

Selenicereus is an epiphytic, lithophytic and terrestrial cactus genus found in Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. The generic name is derived from Selene, the Greek moon goddess, and cereus, meaning “candle” in Latin, and its name reflects a single night of the year in the plant’s life. On that night, as twilight moves to night, spectacular blossoms open up all along the length of the plant for a few brief hours. Then, as dawn creeps in on the horizon, the petals close up, the show ends, and maybe another year will pass before the next performance.

Watch the 2020 Selenicereus bloom!