Hylocereus undatus is native to tropical deciduous forests in Mexico, the West Indies, Central America, and northern Southern America. Hylocereus undatus, also known as the Nightblooming cactus, is a fast growing climbing cactus that is often found trailing over rocks or as an epiphyte hanging down from branches of other plants on which is has become established.
The white to yellow flowers of this species are very large, reaching 8”-12” in length and contain many long narrow petals that make this a very striking flower. The flowers are fragrant when they open in the early evening and stay open overnight often lasting until the middle of the next day.
The fruit is edible and is also known by the common name strawberry pear. The fruit has a very refreshing flavor and is slightly sweet. Dragonfruit is a good source of calcium, fiber, and vitamin C that is low in calories. To eat a dragonfruit out of hand, the easiest way is to slice the fruit in half, and simply scoop the flesh out with a spoon. It can also be used to make wine, be put in smoothies, or make pastries. Protect from Frost. Suitable for containers.