The Q&A Archives: Carrion Flower (Stapelia gigantea) Basics

Question: Do you have any information on Carrion Flower? Thanks. Barney Mathis

Answer: Stapelia gigantea, (carrion plant or Starfish Flower), flowers from August to October. Stapelia species are fairly easily grown succulents and spineless stems that resemble cacti. Some species reach 12 inches in diameter. It is important that they be kept cool in winter and are watered just enough to prevent them from shriveling up. Excess eatering will cause the stems to decay. Propagation is reasonably easy. Stem cuttings are set in sand after the cut surfaces have been left to dry. Plant in well-draining pots. They prefer a sunny spot in summer and best possible light in winter. Keep at 55-65 at night if possible during the summer and cool during the winter. It is very tolerant of dry air.

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