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What kind of plant is the night blooming succulent?

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Cereus, a cactus variety, is a common type of night-blooming succulent that thrives in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11. Other night-blooming succulents, including the triangle cactus and Simpson’s applecactus, also grow in warm climates such as Florida and Texas.

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Night-blooming plants open long after dark and close at dawn. The plants are closed during the day, which means they lose less moisture to the sun than day-blooming plants. This unique system of photosynthesis allows night-blooming succulents to thrive in drought-prone areas. Cereus grows both outdoors and inside as a houseplant. The cactus grows up to 12 feet tall, and it requires partial sunlight.

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