Stapelia gigantea

An interesting specimen for a succulent garden
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE HEIGHT: 0.3m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

Also known as the Starfish Flower, these plants have star-shaped flowers that smell like rotting meat.  The odour is particularly pungent on a hot day.  The hairs and patterns on the flower mimic decaying animal matter to attract mainly flies which serve as pollinators for the plant.  Flowers last no more than 2-3 days and are positioned at the base of the plant.

The stems are short and fleshy and are flattened longitudinally, making them 4-angled.

 

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts pollinators, particularly flies.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Arid regions.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water sparingly.

GARDEN THEMES:
Rockery, succulent

LANDSCAPING USES:
Rockeries, pavements and containers in a sunny position.
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