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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10b +1.7 °C (35 °F) to +4.4 °C (40 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flower Color: Green
Underground structures: Caudex
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Aug 30, 2021 8:29 PM

Interesting caudiciform succulent from East Africa and Arabia with deciduous leaves and exotic extraterrestrial flowers. Variable. Often short-lived in cultivation; sensitive to excess water during rest periods. The flowers are flat greenish discs with long fingers around the edges. They make fascinating subjects for macro photography.

Depending on conditions, the growth of this plant is more or less seasonal, usually manifested by a big burst of leaves and new stem in summer, and the loss of most or all leaves in winter. In mild climates the plant does not require a winter rest. Like other Dorstenias, this species enjoys warmth. Do not overpot.

This is probably the most common species of Dorstenia in captivity. It owes that in part to its prolific behavior, especially a tendency to shoot seeds all around and then pop us as volunteers in other pots. It is self fertile but also able to hybridize with other Dorstenias; due to uncontrolled pollination and self-seeding, there may be some grey areas when trying to pin down IDs in this group.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Untitled by Sclark4556 Aug 25, 2021 1:47 PM 4
Show your pretty variegated foliage! by plantladylin Nov 13, 2021 7:09 AM 242
Cactus and succulents chat by Baja_Costero Dec 6, 2021 9:40 PM 12,079
help me about this plant by kingsyria Sep 21, 2017 12:25 PM 6
Cool video of exploding seed pods by dave Jul 24, 2015 2:24 PM 21
Dorstenia foetida by anole Jun 19, 2015 3:12 PM 3
Some of My Succulents by Reine May 26, 2015 7:14 AM 11
Dorstenia (Dorstenia foetida) by Dutchlady1 Apr 18, 2015 2:45 PM 5
arid area and jade forest type scene mini gardens by adamgreen Jan 19, 2015 4:05 PM 13
succulent plants and seeds for trade by adamgreen Jun 12, 2015 8:08 PM 3

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