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Some of My Favorite Xeriscape Plants Are Real Stinkers

By SongofJoy
July 21, 2014

I love stapeliads, especially Stapelia gigantea. Some people say the blooms emit a terrible odor. Others say they can't smell them at all.

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Name: Kurt Nehrbass
Buffalo, NY (Zone 5b)
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KurtMN
Jul 26, 2014 10:58 AM CST
I love your photos. I have one myself, but it seems to want to bloom in the fall and not the summer. Right now it's growing like gangbusters. I'm glad that someone else doesn't really smell it either. Keep up the good work.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 26, 2014 1:36 PM CST
Thanks, Kurt, and welcome. Where are you located (if you don't mind saying). Climate can make a difference in bloom time.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 26, 2014 2:14 PM CST
OK, I'm guessing you are in Minnesota. *Blush* I would think it would bloom later there than where I live.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Kurt Nehrbass
Buffalo, NY (Zone 5b)
A weed is only a misplaced wildflow
Amaryllis Region: New York Plumerias Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Orchids Foliage Fan
Ferns Container Gardener Cactus and Succulents Birds Aroids Tropicals
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KurtMN
Aug 2, 2014 11:19 AM CST
Actually SongofJoy I'm in Buffalo, NY and I'm not really sure if they are day neutral plants or need the shorter days to initiate flowering. But the three flowers I did have were just a large as yours, it had a very faint scent, but it wasn't bad.
I should post a photo so you can see my baby. :)
Hurray!

Good gardening
Kurt
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Aug 2, 2014 11:35 AM CST
Oops, my bad guess as to location. Yes, please post a photo.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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