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Stapelia leendertziae 10-15cm

Stapelia leendertziae 10-15cm

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Stapelia leendertziae, the Leendertz's Stapelia or African Starfish Flower, is a fascinating succulent native to southern Africa. It is a member of the Apocynaceae family and the Stapelia genus, known for its unique and peculiar flowers. The stems of Stapelia leendertziae are typically low-growing and consist of succulent, four-angled segments covered with soft, bristle-like hairs. The most remarkable feature of this plant is its star-shaped flowers that closely resemble carrion (rotting flesh) in both appearance and odor. The flowers are usually brown to maroon in color and have a mottled or spotted pattern. Despite the unpleasant smell, the flowers attract flies, which are crucial for their pollination.


  1. Location: Plant Stapelia leendertziae 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 proper soil conditions for the African Starfish Flower. A slightly acidic to neutral pH is suitable.

  3. Planting: Ensure that the container has 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 leendertziae 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 leendertziae 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 resembling carrion. The smell, while unpleasant to humans, attracts flies, which are essential for pollination.

Stapelia leendertziae, Leendertz's Stapelia or African Starfish Flower, is a unique and captivating succulent that can add an interesting touch to your plant collection. By following these cultivation tips and providing the right care, you can enjoy the peculiar beauty and intriguing characteristics of this distinctive plant.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show the flower of an 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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