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Stapelia variegata - Succulent Plant

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The group of succulents known as Stapelias originate in southern and southwest Africa. They belong to the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae.

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1Stapelia variegata - Succulent Plant
23 inch (8 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)
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About Stapelia variegata

The star-shaped flowers are most unusual and attractive, and in some varieties are sweetly scented. However, the flowers of Stapelia variegata have an unpleasant, although not overpowering, odour. The odour is similar to that of rotting meat, and attracts the blowflies which pollinate the flowers.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Starfish Plant, Starfish Cactus.
Maximum Reachable Height 10 cm.
Flower Colour Maroon (Purple-Brown), Brown/Bronze
Bloom Time Mid Summer
Difficulty Level Easy to grow.

Planting and care

Repot your plant in spring if it has outgrown its pot. Water moderately, allowing the compost to dry out a little in between.

Stapelia variegata care

Sunlight Full sun to partial shade.
Watering Water sparingly at all times, especially in cold weather, as too much moisture causes rot.
Soil soil pH 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline), 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
Temperature minimum 27 degrees F.
Fertilizer Feed once or twice during the summer with a dilute solution of a standard liquid fertilizer.

Stapelia variegata uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Stapelias are very decorative plants
  • Each thick, succulent stem has four ribs with toothed edges
  • The stems branch out at the base and form dense clumps; the spreading habit of these plants make them suitable for growing in wide, shallow containers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Stapelia variegata ?

Stapelia variegata is commonly known as Starfish Plant, Starfish Cactus.

How tall do Stapelia variegata grow?

On average Stapelia variegata grows 10 cm.

What color are Stapelia variegata ?

A Stapelia variegata plant bears flowers of color Maroon (Purple-Brown), Brown/Bronze

When Stapelia variegata blooms?

With enough light, Stapelia variegata may produce Maroon (Purple-Brown), Brown/Bronze flowers in Mid Summer

How hard is Stapelia variegata to grow?

A Stapelia variegata is Easy to grow.

How much sunlight does a Stapelia variegata need?

A Stapelia variegata prefers Full sun to partial shade.

How much water does a Stapelia variegata need?

A Stapelia variegata prefers watering Water sparingly at all times, especially in cold weather, as too much moisture causes rot.

What kind of soil does a Stapelia variegata need?

A Stapelia variegata prefers soil pH 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline), 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

What temperature does a Stapelia variegata like?

A Stapelia variegata prefers minimum 27 degrees F.

How often should I fertilize my Stapelia variegata ?

To encourage Stapelia variegata growth, Feed once or twice during the summer with a dilute solution of a standard liquid fertilizer.

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