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Stapelia gigantea

Family: Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Common names: Carrion Flower (E); Aasblom (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Succulent
An interesting specimen for a succulent garden

Stapelia gigantea

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.3m (height)
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Stapelia gigantea

DESCRIPTION

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.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Arid regions.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts pollinators, particularly flies.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water sparingly.
LANDSCAPING USES
Rockeries, pavements and containers in a sunny position.
GARDEN THEMES
Rockery, Succulent
PESTS & DISEASES
May get mildew if conditions are too damp.

2 Responses

  1. Hi David

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    We’re not aware of any medical uses for the plant.

    All the best with your search and do let us know if you find something out.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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