• Stapelia grandiflora
  • Stapelia grandiflora flower - the star-like petals reflexed back

Stapelia grandiflora

Starfish Flower, Carrion Plant
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£6.99

Quick Overview

  • Stout angular-stemmed succulent
  • Exotic pink flower
  • Pollinated by flies
  • Full sun and perfectly free-draining substrate
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Description

Stapelia grandiflora, Starfish Flower or Carrion Plant is one of the most robust of the Stapelias with stout quadrangular stems to 30cm and the characteristic dried-leaf rudiments pointing prominently upwards from the tubercles. It has a wide but sparse geographic range from the Northern Cape, through the Free State to Eastern Cape where it occurs more frequently. Its stems are greyish-green often turning reddish in the sun. It is quite cold-tolerant and may take an occasional degree or two of frost but cannot be considered hardy throughout the UK and needs to be brought indoors to overwinter in dry conditions. Needless to say, it needs an exceptionally well-drained substrate to which plenty of grit and perlite (or pumice) has been added.

Stapelia grandiflora has one of the most spectacular flowers of its genus. A hairy, pinkish, raw-meat coloured red, it stinks to high heaven and is perfectly adapted for attracting its pollinators of choice! Place it next to your carnivourous plants when it is flowering!

Additional Information

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Family Apocynaceae
Sub-Family Asclepiadoideae
Synonyms Stapelia ambigua var. ambigua, Stapelia ambigua var. fulva, Stapelia desmetiana, Stapelia desmetiana var. apicalis, Stapelia desmetiana var. desmetiana, Stapelia desmetiana var. fergusoniae, Stapelia desmetiana var. pallida, Stapelia flavirostris, Stapelia senilis
Geographical Origin South Africa: Northern Cape, Free State, Eastern Cape
Cultivation Full sun. Very free-draining sandy soil. Bring indoors for winter
Eventual Height 15cm
Eventual Spread 30-40cm
Hardiness Tender in the UK. It is relatively cold-tolerant but it needs to be brought indoors out of the frost. Ideal in the conservatory or sun-room in winter

Stapelia grandiflora

Starfish Flower, Carrion Plant
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£6.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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