• Orbea variegata
  • Orbea variegata
  • Orbea variegata
  • Orbea variegata
    Orbea variegata
    Orbea variegata
    Orbea variegata
    Orbea variegata

Orbea variegata

Starfish Flower, Star Flower, Carrion Plant
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£7.99

Quick Overview

  • Stout angular-stemmed succulent with prominent tubercles
  • Exotic maroon and pale yellow flower
  • Pollinated by flies
  • Full sun and perfectly free-draining substrate
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Description

Orbea variegata, Starfish Flower or Carrion Plant is a quick-growing succulent member of the Apocynaceae from South Africa. It has stout stems to 10cm and characteristic prominent tubercles. The stems often turn pink in full sun. It is quite cold-tolerant but cannot be considered hardy in 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.

Orbea variegata has spectacular flowers that are mottled maroon and pale yellow. The tips of the petals tend to reflex backwards after a day or two of being open. It has an odour of carrion 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 variegata, Stapelia variegata var. brevicornis, Stisseria variegata
Geographical Origin South Africa: Western Cape
Cultivation Full sun. Very free-draining sandy soil. Bring indoors for winter
Eventual Height 10cm
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 a conservatory or sun-room in winter or in a cool glasshouse, under fleece

Orbea variegata

Starfish Flower, Star Flower, Carrion Plant
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£7.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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