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As a comment about Huernia (Ceropegia 'Red Dragon Flower'), plantladylin wrote:

Huernia schneideriana is native to South Africa and has branching, upright to trailing/pendant stems with soft "teeth" along the edges. From spring to fall, this fast growing succulent produces small flowers at the base of the stems. I purchased my "Red Dragon Flower" many years ago as a little 2 stemmed plant in a tiny pot with no label, so I called it "peanut plant" because it looked like two little peanuts! Although it doesn't have thorns, I thought it was some sort of interesting cactus and I finally found out its true identity about six years ago. My plant doesn't bloom very often. In all the years I've had this plant I can only recall seeing the little flowers three or four times, which may be due to its location, a very low-light area on my deck. I've rooted many cuttings from my original plant. The little "arms" are always falling off when I bump the plant and I stick them in a container of potting soil to root. If the weather is particularly humid/rainy/moist I will leave the cuttings lying out to callous over for a few days before planting. I've given away many plants compliments of my "mom" plant! Huernia schneideriana is an interesting plant. The mother plant has been growing in an old plastic plant saucer for at least 15 years. I've read that the flowers on this plant have a putrid smell, but I've never detected any odor, possibly because the plant remains outside year round. Being a succulent, this plant is extremely drought tolerant.


Lovemyplants
Oct 26, 2016 10:46 AM CST
Loves outside. Shaded area with some direct sunlight. Southwest corner. Love this plant.
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Name: Emily
Canada
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emilyfrizzell
Aug 16, 2017 9:51 PM CST
Hello, I realize that this post was made a few years ago but I am desperate in what I should do with my plant. Hopefully you can see the picture clearly but I only have just this one stem that has been growing for almost a year. I originally got it from a piece that fell off from my bosses plant, the same kind, which looks more like the one in the comment. The stem I have has stood up straight for months and I went away for a couple of days and came back and it did this. I would like to know if this is considered normal and also what I can do to help it or make it grow other stems. Please let me know if you happen to know. Thank you!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2017 6:28 AM CST
Hi emilyfrizzell, Welcome!

You say that you've had that single stem of Red Dragon Flower for almost a year? I'm really surprised that it hasn't put on more growth in that amount of time. The container it's planted in looks extremely large to me so it may be concentrating on trying to fill that large pot with roots before it produces more top growth and spread. Being a single stem, I'd think it should be potted in a very small contain that has drainage holes in the bottom. The leaning habit looks fine to me, Huernia stems will grow somewhat upright as well as prostrate and with maturity, the stems become elongated as shown in some of the photos on this page in our database: Huernia (Ceropegia 'Red Dragon Flower')
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