Scientific Name: Stapelia gigantea
Synonyms: Aasblom, Ass Flower, Carrion Flower
If you're looking for an easy care South African succulent, with a beautiful evergreen stems, and some wow-wtf oversized, star-shaped flowers, then give the Carrion Plant a try.
Hold up!... Carrion, why? Ok, so its leaves smell like rotting flesh, attracting flies and other insects, which are the primary pollinators. As a houseplant, you may consider placing the Stapelia close to a window or space with air movement, to let the schtunk move. Windowsills are a great option, because the Carrion Plant loves light: direct sunlight, no problem! Some semi-shade, also ok.
They'll do great as pot plant, growing relatively rapidly into beautiful green steepled clusters. They'll look great when styled in a succulent garden, or in a trio, as stand alone statement pieces.
Enjoy this wonderful, curious plant!
Follow these instructions to keep your Carrion Plant healthy and happy.
Water: Water sparingly, when the soil dries out. Make sure to check the soil before watering, and especially also the root systems, as some moisture may still be collected there, even if the top soil is dry.
Light: Happy with sunlight or semi-shade, provided it is a nice warm spot.
Humidity: No adjustments to humidity required in a home environment.
Fertilize: Fertilize with good diluted organic fertilizer every month during the growing season (Spring & Summer).
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