Stapelia schinzii var. angolensis Kers
Ceropegia schinzii var. angolensis, Gonostemon schinzii var. angolensis
Stapelia schinzii var. angolensis is a small succulent with loosely spreading and sometimes almost prostrate stems with tubercles that extend downward, forming four angles. It has more slender stems and smaller flowers than Stapelia schinzii var. schinzii. The stems are green and usually suffused with purple. They are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) thick.
The attractive, usually solitary flowers appear on up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long stalk from below the middle of the stems, usually in fall. They are up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter, reddish-brown with transverse, somewhat shiny ridges on the lobes adorned with very dark purple hairs on the edges. Fruits are smooth follicles with quite large seeds.
How to Grow and Care for Stapelia schinzii var. angolensis
Light: S. schinzii var. angolensis thrives in full sun or partial shade during the hottest summer days. Too much sun causes the stems to develop a protective pigmentation or get sunburned. Too little light leads to weak, thin stems and decreased flower production. Indoors, place the plant near the brightest window in your home.
Soil: The right soil is crucial to successfully growing S. schinzii var. angolensis. Use a commercial potting soil mix for succulents, or prepare your own with 50 to 70 % mineral grit, such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite.
Temperature: This plant thrives in warm outdoor environments with low to moderate humidity but does not like winter cold and should remain moderately dry and warm during its winter dormancy. S. schinzii var. angolensis can withstand temperatures as low as 40 °F (4.4 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 11a to 11b, 40 to 50 °F (4.4 to 10 °C).
Watering: S. schinzii var. angolensis has typical watering needs for a succulent. During the growing season, water your plant thoroughly and allow the soil to dry between waterings. The plant goes dormant in winter and needs almost no water, about once a month.
Fertilizing: To keep your plant healthy and thriving, fertilization during the growing season is a good idea. Feed with water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.
Repotting: S. schinzii var. angolensis will benefit from fresh potting soil every 2 or 3 years. Repot your plant in spring, just before the growing season. Pick a container with drainage holes.
Propagation: The best way to propagate this succulent is from stem cuttings. Take cuttings during the growing season to ensure good rooting. S. schinzii var. angolensis is also easy to grow from seeds. Sow the seeds in spring.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Stapelia.
Toxicity of Stapelia schinzii var. angolensis
S. schinzii var. angolensis has no toxic effects reported. It is safe around pets and humans.
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