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Stapelia gigantea


Stapelia gigantea is a crazy succulent with amazing flowers that look like huge fuzzy starfish up to 12 inches across!

Stapelia gigantea is a crazy succulent known as carrion flower, star fish flower, or Zulu giant that has vertical to ascending, four-sided, columnar, succulent stems and amazing flowers that look like an expanding balloon when in bud that then open to huge starfish-like, fuzzy flowers in muted yellow-beige with deep red markings up to 12 inches or more across! It is also fragrant but with the kind of aroma that attracts pollinating flies, if you catch our drift. Best to keep above 10 degrees Celsius in winter as a houseplant.

Common Name: Carrion Flower - [Succulent Pre-Order]

Family: Apocynaceae (The Dogbane Family)

Zone Hardiness: 9-11

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 4-8"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Red

Class: Evergreen

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Desert regions of South Africa and Tanzania

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Southern Africa and Madagascar

Europe and Africa - Tropical Africa

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