Master Gardener Slate Altenburg has a green thumb.
Except it seems, in the case of a rather odd plant his mother gave him many years ago, when he was building the idyllic home he shares with his wife, Jan, in West Penn Township.
The plant, to be kind, is just plain pitiful. Tall and gangly with ugly leaves, at first glance, it has little to recommend it.
In Altenburg's case, however, his night-blooming cereus has history a long history.