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Stapelia hirsuta 10-15cm

Stapelia hirsuta 10-15cm

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Stapelia hirsuta, the Starfish Flower or Carrion Plant, is a succulent native to southern Africa, belonging to the Apocynaceae family and the Stapelia genus. This distinctive succulent is known for its peculiar appearance and intriguing flowers. The stems of Stapelia hirsuta are succulent and typically grow close to the ground. They are characterized by their four-angled shape and densely covered with soft, bristle-like hairs, giving the plant its specific epithet, "hirsuta," which means hairy. The most remarkable feature of this plant is its star-shaped flowers that mimic the look and smell of carrion (rotting flesh). The flowers, which can vary in color from maroon to brownish-red, often have a mottled or spotted pattern. Despite the unpleasant odor, the flowers attract flies, which are essential for pollination.


  1. Location: Plant Stapelia hirsuta in a location that receives bright, indirect sunlight or partial shade. Protect it from intense, direct sunlight, which can scorch the plant.

  2. Soil: Use a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix to provide the right soil conditions for the Carrion Plant. A slightly acidic to neutral pH is suitable.

  3. Planting: Ensure that the container has adequate drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot. Use a pot that accommodates the plant's current size, allowing for some growth.

  4. Watering: Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water sparingly and be cautious not to overwater, as succulents are sensitive to excessive moisture. Reduce watering during the dormant winter months.

  5. Fertilization: Apply a diluted, balanced, liquid succulent fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) every 4-6 weeks to provide essential nutrients.

  6. Temperature: Stapelia hirsuta prefers warm temperatures and is sensitive to cold. Protect it from frost and provide temperatures between 70-80°F (21-27°C) during the growing season.

  7. Pruning: Prune the plant sparingly, primarily to remove dead or damaged stems. Be cautious when handling the plant, as the bristle-like hairs can be soft but still prickly.

  8. Pests and Diseases: These succulents are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, occasionally check for common succulent pests like mealybugs or aphids and address them promptly if necessary.

  9. Propagation: Stapelia hirsuta can be propagated from stem cuttings. Allow the cuttings to callus for a day or two before planting them in well-draining soil.

  10. Flowering: Be prepared for the intriguing and odorous flowers that resemble carrion. The smell, while unpleasant to humans, attracts flies, which are essential for pollination.

Stapelia hirsuta, the Starfish Flower or Carrion Plant, is a unique and intriguing succulent that can make a captivating addition to your plant collection. By following these cultivation tips and providing the right care, you can enjoy the peculiar beauty and interesting characteristics of this distinctive plant.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.


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Plant height: 10-15cm

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