Native to the deserts of South Africa, Stapelia gigantean, also known as starfish flower or giant Zulu flower, produces starfish-shaped flowers with pale yellow petals striped with reddish bands. The starfish flowers emit an offensive smell to attract pollinators such as flies. The green stems tinted with red grow upright but not very tall. This perennial succulent plant can create an interesting focal point in a water-conservation garden. The starfish flower needs minimal care to grow and blossom.
Giant Starfish Flower, Stapelia gigantea. Family: Asclepiadaceae. Perched in a pot on the Pool Terrace, overlooking the Santiago Bay, this sprawling succulent fast captures the eyes of visitors. This is particularly more so when it is blooming as the large blossoms of the Giant Starfish Flower are simply glorious to behold! When blooming, our guests always stop to marvel at them. In the Asclepiadaceae family there are around species of the Stapelia perennials. They originated in the semi-arid tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and India.
Stapelia hirsuta is a succulent plant with subquadrangular stems up to 8 inches 20 cm tall and with flat, very hairy, dark-red flowers. The corolla can reach up to 6 inches 15 cm accros. The flowering period extends from late summer through late fall.
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