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Tucson Living: Tonight is the night for the "Queen of the Desert" to make her appearance

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Peniocereus greggii (night-blooming cereus) Peniocereus greggii (night-blooming cereus)

Grab your flashlight and camera, put on some walking shoes and get to Tohono Chul because Bloom Night is tonight! 

The mass blooming of over 350 Peniocereus greggii throughout their gardens has begun and you won't get a chance to see them again until next summer. This Tucson tradition invites enthusiasts of all kinds to walk the luminaria illuminated trails and capture The Queen of the Night in all her majesty. 

Although the night-blooming cereus Peniocereus greggii resembles a dead stick for most of the year, the elusive flower surprises with the most magnificent palm-sized blossoms that wilt within a few hours of sunrise. 

Bloom Night takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight and tickets are available at the door for $5 for non-members, and admission is free for members and children under 12. If you can't join in on the fun be sure to follow Tohono Chul on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for photos and videos.

Tohono Chul hosts lectures at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on the O'odham creation myths and Peniocereus greggii characteristics and care. You will also get to see a collection of 10 different night-blooming species on display in the Performance Garden. Don't forget to enter in the raffle to guess the correct number of blooms on Bloom Night. The winner receives a Peniocereus greggii, valued at $100. You can also purchase a Queen of the Night at the Retail Greenhouse. 

Members rake in the rewards as they not only receive free admittance into Bloom Night, they also receive special morning-after access at 6:30 a.m. to see the blossoms before they wilt. 

Tohono Chul is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich people's lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature, art, and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world. 

For more information about Bloom Night please visit tohonochulpark.org/bloom-watch/ or call 520-742-6455.

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