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Jun 24, 2012 12:47 AM

The Queen of the night blooms at Tohono Chul Park

TUCSON - The Queen of the night captivated Southern Arizonans Saturday night at the Tohono Chul Park.

Tohono Chul Park hosted Bloom Night in celebration of the blooming Peniocereus greggii .

As the summer heat begins to increase, the buds of the night-blooming cereus are able to be seen. After a cycle of start-and-stop growth, the buds blossom entirely on one night a year.

The park was filled with people excited to catch a glimpse of this desert beauty.

The Park is staying open until midnight for this special occasion. Admission is free for members and children under 12. There is a $5 admission fee for non-members.

The 49-acre park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. The park is north of West Ina Road and west of North Oracle Road.

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