Huernia (Ceropegia 'Red Dragon Flower')

Also sold as:
Huernia schneideriana

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Deep Burgundy
Flower Time: Summer
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 15, 2011 7:09 PM

Huernia schneideriana is native to South Africa and has branching, upright to trailing/pendant stems with soft "teeth" along the edges. From spring to fall, this fast growing succulent produces small flowers at the base of the stems. I purchased my "Red Dragon Flower" many years ago as a little 2 stemmed plant in a tiny pot with no label, so I called it "peanut plant" because it looked like two little peanuts! Although it doesn't have thorns, I thought it was some sort of interesting cactus and I finally found out its true identity about six years ago. My plant doesn't bloom very often. In all the years I've had this plant I can only recall seeing the little flowers three or four times, which may be due to its location, a very low-light area on my deck. I've rooted many cuttings from my original plant. The little "arms" are always falling off when I bump the plant and I stick them in a container of potting soil to root. If the weather is particularly humid/rainy/moist I will leave the cuttings lying out to callous over for a few days before planting. I've given away many plants compliments of my "mom" plant! Huernia schneideriana is an interesting plant. The mother plant has been growing in an old plastic plant saucer for at least 15 years. I've read that the flowers on this plant have a putrid smell, but I've never detected any odor, possibly because the plant remains outside year round. Being a succulent, this plant is extremely drought tolerant.

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