Lifesaver Plant (Huernia zebrina)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle:Perennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone:Zone 11
Plant Height:6 inches
Plant Spread:12 inches
Flower Color:Bi-Color: Red and yellow
Other: Patterned with reddish and yellow markings
Bloom Size:Under 1"
Flower Time:Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations:Xeriscapic
Resistances:Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Stem
Containers:Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by plantladylin (East Central Florida - Zone 9b) on Nov 30, 2012 1:00 PM

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.

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2011 3:31 PM

The bloom on this is sooo cool...looks just like a cherry lifesaver that has been "glued" to the plant.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihkOn June 20, 2017Bloomed
piksihkOn May 16, 2017Bloomed
they have multiplied; one bloom
piksihkOn April 11, 2016Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihkOn January 18, 2016Obtained plant
two cuttings
GenXNEGeorgiaOn September 15, 2017Bloomed
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread TitleLast ReplyReplies
Yes! by wcgypsyJul 13, 2013 7:17 PM1
How astonishing! by angeleNov 2, 2013 11:16 AM1
Lifesaver plant by SugaDec 15, 2015 10:38 AM3
Untitled by LenapegirlAug 22, 2017 10:07 PM0
Interesting Succulent (or Cactus?) - need to ID - very remarkable bloom by GenXNEGeorgiaAug 15, 2017 2:36 PM5
Some More ID's Please (: by ljones26May 5, 2017 7:08 PM14
Plant ID's Please! by ljones26May 3, 2017 8:33 PM7
Anyone want to trade? by Tamsh59Apr 27, 2017 8:56 PM1
Let's see what else we're growing, 2016 by dyzzypyxxyJan 1, 2017 4:46 PM1,398
Anyone growing Stapeliads, Huernias or Orbeas? by flagardenerNov 8, 2015 3:13 PM7
Does somebody have a Kodak Z710 (or a very similar) second hand camera for sale? by MutisiaDec 8, 2015 2:06 PM15
My list of Asclepiads; Stapelia, Huernia, Obea, Hootia, and other off names. by Stush2019May 3, 2015 2:39 AM2
Let's see what else we're growing 2015 by dyzzypyxxyJan 7, 2016 5:33 PM1,034
Stepelia by GordonHawkSep 1, 2014 4:21 PM26

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