Hoodia gordonii (Masson) Sweet ex Decne
Stapelia gordonii (basionym), Hoodia barklyi, Hoodia burkei, Hoodia longispina, Ceropegia gordonii
Hoodia gordonii is a leafless, spiny, succulent similar to a cactus. In the early stages, only one stem is produced, but at a later stage, the plant produces clusters of green upright stems. They are grayish-green to pale brown, cylindrical, up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall, and up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. The flowers are saucer-shaped, 5-lobed, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, pale straw, pale purple to dark maroon, and usually borne in early spring.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Stapeliads are relatively easy to grow. They should be treated as an outdoor plant as they will easily rot indoors and cannot flower without exposure to outdoor temperature fluctuations. They should be grown under cover so that watering can be controlled. Stapeliads require a reasonable amount of sunlight to promote flowering and maintain a well-shaped plant. Very shady positions will produce very poor flowering.
These plants come from climates where they survive extremely high temperatures in the summer months, so most growth is in spring and fall, with flowering in fall when the weather starts to cool down. In the growing season, water in moderation when needed, making sure soil is fairly dried out between waterings. Do not water between late fall and early spring.
The easiest and best way to propagate Stapeliads is from stem cuttings which can be taken virtually throughout the year. Seed is also a method of propagation.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Stapeliads.
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