Stapelia gigantea | Starfish cactus

Stapelia gigantea

Stapelia gigantea

Stapelia gigantea

One of the plants that was ‘returned’ to us was starfish cactus cuttings. We had intitially grown them in Florida and then gave Chris’ dad some cuttings. When we left Florida and sold everything we of course didn’t have the plant any longer. Luckily Chris’ dad had kept his cuttings alive over the last three years which alllowed us to take some cuttings from him. We have been growing them out successfully in our garden over the last year. Last week they decided to send out two blooms. I only caught the flower as it was opening which is why it looks bat-like. I’ve never thought they smelled too terrible, but I got up close and gave it a good whiff—-phew! Not as bad as our Amorphophallus but definitely an aroma only flies could love.

We’ve since bought two smaller Stapelia species for our cactus bed but I haven’t gotten around to taking photos of them yet. They are definitly an interesting addition to any garden!

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