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Stapelia flavopurpurea

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Scientific Name

Stapelia flavopurpurea Marloth

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Stapeliae
Genus: Stapelia

Description

Stapelia flavopurpurea is a crawling and decumbent cactus-like plant with long, green stems that acquire a purple color when are exposed in full sun. Flowers are little, star shaped and range from a bright yellow to greenish color, with maroon overtones and centers. They have a light sweet smell like beeswax, unusual in the Stapelia group. Blossoming generally occurs in summer or autumn, according to the temperatures.

How to Grow and Care

Several species are fairly easy to grow. Others, often those with slightly hairy stems and the more unusual flowers, are more challenging and require careful watering (with some fertilizer) during the growing season and complete withdrawal of water during the winter months. A minimum winter temperature of 10°C (50°F) is acceptable, providing that plants are kept absolutely dry. A heated growing bench or incubator may help delicate plants to get through the colder months. However, many species live under shrubs in habitat and prefer light shade rather than full sun.

A gritty compost is essential, and clay pots are advisable for the more delicate species. Some growers prefer a mineral-only compost to minimize the chance of fungal attack on the roots. A layer of grit on the surface of the compost prevents moisture from accumulating around the base of the stems.

Keeping Stapelias and their roots free of pests such as mealy bugs is the real key to success as fungal attack often occurs as a result of damage to stems by insects… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Stapelia

Origin

Endemic to Namibia.

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