Plant ID forum: name for this plant

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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 2, 2012 7:23 PM CST
I think it is some kind of cactus. It has no stickers and is very large. The three blooms that are open measure the size of a dinner plate
and have 5/8" white hairs all around the edges. There are about 25 or so other blooms yet to open. How long do the blooms stay open?
Thanks for any help to identify.


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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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Sep 2, 2012 7:32 PM CST
It's a stapelia...don't know which one, but I'm sure someone will be along soon to give you further info....
I could be wrong...
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Sep 2, 2012 8:38 PM CST
Stapelia gigantea?

Starfish Plant (Ceropegia gigantea)

Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 2, 2012 9:01 PM CST
Thanks so much for the responses. So quick and so helpful. All of the related links appeared to be just like the one that I have. It really is spectacular
to see a bloom that large and unusual.
ATP is a wonderful place to spend a LOT of time - have to be careful of the time!!!


Sep 3, 2012 6:47 PM CST
Yes it is the Gigantea, I have it here at the house, I also see it is on ebay allot.
When it's blooming don't stick your nose in it...the blow flies love it hench the name "carrion plant"

Full-sun little water, no freezing temps, flowers stay open 2-3 days, it's a succulant... Big Grin
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Sep 5, 2012 1:58 PM CST
You are exactly right. This is the "carrion plant" and smells of rotted meat. The flies that it attracts pollinates the plant.
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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 7, 2012 7:09 PM CST
I did try the up close fragrance and it is very bad, but the smell in the air when just walking close to it seems
to be a heavy, sweet odor - makes me think of the Old Spice cologne that my husband used long ago.
I was concerned about the toxicity, so I called the poison control number. The RN who answered checked
for me and said that it wasn't poisonous.

I have grown Angel Trumpets and know I will get nauseated if I don't wear gloves or wash my hands after
handling them. So, I checked to be sure.

I have two new blooms today and a couple more to open in a few days - and many more smaller ones coming on.


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