Stinky six-pointed stapelias

grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)September 12, 2010

Hi everyone,

These are nothing too fancy, I know, but they're fun and blooming so I thought I'd share.

I grow a lot of stapelias in the ground (and lots of their stapeliad relatives in pots...Huernia...Orbea...Hoodia...etc) and these were blooming this week so I thought I'd post a few pics. They normally produce five pointed blooms but this week two different plants produced some six-pointed blooms (tennis ball to show relative size):

For folks who aren't familiar with stapelias, they evolved in locations without pollinating bees so they look and resemble rotting meat to attract flies to pollinate the blooms. I think they are otherworldly and fun, and the scent isn't bad unless you get your nose within a foot or two of the blooms. I'm glad I can grow them outside year round, especially during their bloom season (late spring and late summer).

They're easy from cuttings and from seed (I have a few pots full of seedlings from the dark flowered plant above that I'll be planting outside now that things are somewhat cooling off).

I hope you'll take a look and enjoy. If you're growing stinkers indoors or out, let us see/hear alllll about them.

Take care,


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I've really enjoyed the ones you sent me a few years ago. I've propagated them several times and am ready to do it again if I can ever get the help, I think I'll have over 2000 of them by now...

    Bookmark   September 12, 2010 at 5:15PM
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I really like the burgundy one.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 9:22AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Thanks for looking/commenting! Turtle, I sure hope you post some pics of your babies, they sound impressive!

Lazy, if you want seeds or a cutting just send me a private email, I'm happy to share.

Take care and thanks again,

    Bookmark   September 15, 2010 at 8:28PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

This is a stapeliad (in the stapelia family) rather than a stapelia. It's Huernia procumbens and it is blooming this week so I thought I'd toss in a pic. The flower is much smaller than the stapelias pictured above, probably the size of a US quarter or maybe a US fifty-cent piece.

I hope you enjoy.
Take care,

Here is a link that might be useful: Huernia procumbens bloom

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 3:39PM
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