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Carrion Flower

Stapelia nobilis

Also known as

Starfish Flower

Full Sun
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Carrion Flower Overview

Stapelia nobilis is a spineless, evergreen perennial succulent from the Apocynaceae family. It forms 4-angled, upright, toothed stems and also known by the names Starfish Flower and Carrion Flower. Edges of the stems may produce small, ephemeral leaves and are often indented. This plant doesn't typically exceed 20cm in height. It is grown for the succulent stems and large, showy, star-shaped, foul-scented, patterned, textured, hairy, deep red-purple blooms. Giant Stapelia tends to grow in clumps, branching near the base and is a popular houseplant. It may be planted outside in rockeries in warm climates.

Common problems with Carrion Flower

How to propagate Carrion Flower



Special features of Carrion Flower

Attractive flowers

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Pot plant