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
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Red and yellow
Other: Patterned with reddish and yellow markings
Flower Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Type: Single
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
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 ( Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) 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
piksihk On June 20, 2017 Bloomed
piksihk On May 16, 2017 Bloomed
they have multiplied; one bloom
piksihk On April 11, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On January 18, 2016 Obtained plant
two cuttings
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Yes! by wcgypsy Jul 13, 2013 7:17 PM 1
How astonishing! by angele Nov 2, 2013 11:16 AM 1
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Plant ID's Please! by ljones26 May 3, 2017 8:33 PM 7
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Let's see what else we're growing, 2016 by dyzzypyxxy Jan 1, 2017 4:46 PM 1,398
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My list of Asclepiads; Stapelia, Huernia, Obea, Hootia, and other off names. by Stush2019 May 3, 2015 2:39 AM 2
Let's see what else we're growing 2015 by dyzzypyxxy Jan 7, 2016 5:33 PM 1,034
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