The group of succulents known as Stapelias originate in southern and southwest Africa. They belong to the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae.
||Stapelia variegata - Succulent Plant
||3 inch (8 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)
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.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
||Starfish Plant, Starfish Cactus.
|Maximum Reachable Height
||Maroon (Purple-Brown), Brown/Bronze
||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
||Full sun to partial shade.
||Water sparingly at all times, especially in cold weather, as too much moisture causes rot.
||soil pH 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline), 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
||minimum 27 degrees F.
||Feed once or twice during the summer with a dilute solution of a standard liquid fertilizer.
Stapelia variegata uses
- 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