Stapelia Hirsuta

New cuttings, potted up mid April 2018

I saw my first stapelia at the San Antonio botanical gardens and it was love at first sight, but it was in a green house so I only thought of it as an indoor plant. Later I ran into some in hanging baskets at the Conroe Extension office, again in a green house. I found some online at Logees, potted them up and left them out all winter. While they were not thrilled they made it through and they are going in the ground shortly.

These are very easy to grow. Stapelia does best planted in sand so the water can rapidly drain and the soil dry.

They may be grown in pots, the ground or in hanging pots. Mine bloomed frequently over the summer. The flowers are about 6″ across. It’s thought the large flower size helps provide shade to protect the plant from the heat. Protect from frost if outdoors, give it lots of extra light durning the winter if grown indoors.

These are carrion flowers giving off the scent of rotting meat to attract flies for pollination. Most gardeners claim it’s not a problem, idk? The flies will also lay eggs in the flowers.

This plant is native to parts of Africa and there are several sub-species with different sized, colored and shaped flowers.

Propagation:
Snap off a stalk and plant it. It’s that easy.

See also:
Plants of Africa: Stapelia
Floridata: Stapelia