Night Blooming Cereus Jewelry
$72.00 – $149.00
These Night Blooming Cereus designs support the students of Punahou School in Honolulu. A much loved unofficial symbol known to all who have attended the school, the night blooming cereus is a beautiful climbing cactus adorning the lava walls that surround the school. All profits will be donated to Punahou.
Night-Blooming Cereus is a climbing cactus that doesn’t flower until it is four or five years old. It begins with just a few flowers, but as it grows older, more flowers appear. The flowering season runs from June to October, and each only blooms once or twice, and only at night.The beautiful creamy white flower is fragrant and attains about 7 inches (18 cm.) across.
This unusual cactus actually pre-dates Punahou. In 1829, missionaries Reverend Hiram Bingham and his wife Sybil were invited to live on the lands of Kapunahou. They were close friends of the reigning queen regent, Ka‘ahumanu. In 1836 Mrs Bingham was gifted the cactus from a traveller who had passed through Mexico, and she planted it on the wall near what became the entrance to the school.
Read the whole story behind the Night Blooming Cereus on the Punahou website.