Houghton Dragon Fruit variety comes from the genus Hylocereus and an unknown species. Houghton produces small quarter to half-pound oval-shaped fruit. The external appearance of the fruit is red with tiny deep green, almost brown fins. The inner flesh is a bright red purplish color with a semi-firm texture that is very sweet. The first fruit tested in 2019 had an average brix score of 18. The flowers are plentiful, fragrant, and self-fertile. Houghton is a robust grower with meaty stems that are olive green in color. Thick small spines occur along the rib line of each stem. Stems resemble typical Hylocereus setaceus is size and shape. Spicy Exotics collected this hybrid variety from a tropical grower in California.
Houghton is a Dragon Fruit hybrid named after Arthur Duvernoix Houghton, or A.D. Houghton, (1870-1938). Dr. Houghton was a medical doctor, a botanist specializing in cacti, a member of the Los Angeles, California, City Council from 1904 to 1906 and one of the founders of the American Legion. In his early years, he was also a showman who presented performances in both hypnotism and conducted seances. He also wrote a book about Cacti titled “The Cactus Book” published in 1931.
The Houghton Dragon Fruit variety was one of the parent plants used in two of Paul Thomson seedlings called 7-S and 8-S. They were a cross using a Houghton and Rixford variety. The 8-S seedlings were later renamed Voodoo Child by a nursery in Florida. Then a few years after that 8-S was renamed by a grower in California Sugar Dragon. Both Voodoo Child and Sugar Dragon resemble one another and are very similar to there parent, Houghton.