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Giant Stapelia

Stapelia gigantea

Also known as

Carrion Flower, Starfish Flower

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Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

H1b

RHS hardiness

10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Giant Stapelia

A close up of a starfish flower on a Stapelia gigantea plant
A close up of some green Stapelia gigantea plants
A large star shaped Stapelia gigantea flower on a plant
A close up of some Stapelia gigantea

Giant Stapelia Overview

Stapelia gigantea is a spineless, evergreen perennial succulent from the Apocynaceae family. It forms 4-angled, upright, toothed stems and also known by the names Giant Stapelia, 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, creamy-yellow blooms with red markings. The flowers can reach 35cm in diameter. 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. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Giant Stapelia

How to propagate Giant Stapelia

Cuttings

Seed

Special features of Giant Stapelia

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Drought resistant