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As a comment about Lifesaver Plant (Huernia zebrina), plantladylin wrote:

I've owned a Huernia schneideriana plant for many years and love it so I just couldn't resist this "Lifesaver Plant" when I saw it for $3 at a recent plant sale! Although the little maroon colored blooms of Huernia schneideriana are cute, the flowers of Huernia zebrina are a bit larger and more colorful, with vivid stripes and contrasting spots and lines ... and they do indeed look like little lifesavers! Huernias closely resemble plants of the Genus Stapelia and have some of the same flower characteristics; i.e. for pollination the flowers emit a strong scent/odor of carrion that attracts flies!

I grow Huernia in partial shade with a bit of morning sunlight and I use a chunky, fast-draining potting medium that consists of potting soil and lots of orchid bark mix.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Sep 22, 2014 1:37 PM CST
I was going to ask for an ID for for this (Stapeliad) and then I remembered a picture I ran across posted by you. Thanks for the info, Lin...not just the ID, but what soil medium and light works down here in the Hot and Humid South. Thank You!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 22, 2014 2:57 PM CST
Jean, you are very welcome. I've heard some folks say they grow it in full sun but the sun here in the south (especially in summer) is much more intense than in the north. I grow everything in a chunky fast draining mix so as to not end up with root rot when our summer rains hit.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Sep 22, 2014 5:22 PM CST
That is how I lost a number of plants...now I try for trusted anecdotal info from folks who have success with the same plant. Nothing as frustrating as watching a plant you love boil, fry and die... Crying Grumbling

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