Princess epiphyllum might not have the glamorously enormous blooms of Epiphyllum oxypetalum, but she has several things going for her. First off, if Disney movies and trashy romance novels are any indication, it's way cooler to be a princess than it is to be a queen. They just get to sit pretty and have fun all day while the queens are busy conquering foreign lands and trying to make more babies! On a less fanciful and anthropomorphic note, Epiphylum pumilum rocks for its profusion of blooms and elegant form.
Princess epiphyllum blooms during the day with such a profusion of spicily scented flowers that you'd swear that it was covered with a flurry of big fat snowflakes. The overall form is similar to other epi cacti: a mess of flattened stems rambling every which way as if it hasn't yet made up its mind on becoming a shrub or a rambling vine. Somehow the narrowly pointed stems of E. pumilum manage to pull off a tidier, more graceful appearance than that of her relatives.
Here's another reason I love this plant. These flowers bloomed on cuttings that were rooted as early as this winter, indicating that it would be a profitable choice for commercial growers looking to get retail ready plants in a year or two. In case you didn't get that, it can bloom after less than a year! I could just be me, but the fact that princess epiphyllum blooms during the day, is easy as dirt, has yummy smelling flowers, an attractive form, and is also quick to bloom... these features tell me she's a winner.