Saussurea obvallata is also known as Brahma Kamal in India. The plant has Indian mythology associated with it. The plant is actually a type of cactus but appears to be a plant of lotus family.
The thick stem is fully covered by the leaves of the plant. It is a type of cactus with a limited height that would never grow tall. It is a night flowering cactus. It is rarely grown indoors and are found in Himalayas and Uttarakhand
It is believed that making a wish on the blooming night of the plant makes it come true.
The plant is easy to grow. The maintenance is low.
If you have a rock garden then this plant could be your prime attraction and if you don't have any then all you need is durable walls and rock garden resources and you can decorate it with planters or pebbles.
Make sure that you plant the flower just before winter. Never overwater the plant as it would rot the roots of the plant thus making it lousy
Do not place this plant in direct sunlight. Being a survival of the Himalayan environment the plant loves cold weather.
You can provide them partial shade.
The plant has limited water needs.
Moderate amount of water would be enough for the plant-around 2 to 3 cups.
Water the plant regularly and if you are living in a place of cool climate then you can water the plant for once in between 1 to 2 weeks.
The plant needs a well-drained and rocky soil.
You can add peat and perlite potting mix in the soil. The plant is acquainted with growing in Himalayan soil.
Fresh and fertile soils will stimulate the growth.
The flowers bloom during the early fall( between July to September) in the night. Some say that the flower only blooms for one night in the entire year and then you have to wait for another 14 years for it to bloom.
This queen of the night is white in color. The shape of the flower appears like star resembling the orchids. The flower is the state flower of Uttarakhand.
The height of the plant is around 13 to 15 inches (30 -40cm).
The flowers are huge and white around 15 to 18 cm wide.
Usually, all fruits or flower bearing plant requires high-potash fertilizer.
Apart from this, you can use any organic fertilizer. The plant wants the soil in alkaline nature, so make sure you balance the ph level of it.
This nonpoisonous plant has various medicinal properties. They can heal your cerebral ischemia and paralysis of the limbs. They can treat your burns and other skin problems as well.
It is believed that getting this plant in your home would bring good fortune in your life.
The plant has very glorious flowers but they smell intense and awful.
The flowers get infested with bees and bugs. The plant may get subjected to aphids and spider mites
Use general fertilizers and less harmful pesticides for the plant.