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Tavaresia angolensis (Devil's Trumpet)

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Scientific Name

Tavaresia angolensis Welw.

Common Names

Devil's Trumpet

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Ceropegieae
Subtribe: Stapeliinae
Genus: Tavaresia

Description

Tavaresia angolensis is a spiny, succulent perennial with cylindrical stems up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall.  The stems are fleshy, glabrous, leafless, usually with 5 to 6 ribs and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. Each stem tubercles has 3-parted, horizontally spreading, bristly spines. The flowers are large, showy, tubular to trumpet-shaped, deep-throated, pale yellow with purple-red spots, up to 40 inches (10 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Tavaresias are mainly grown by plant collectors, lovers of succulents and enthusiasts who enjoy growing unorthodox looking plants. They comes from summer rainfall areas and are intolerant of excess water, humidity and low winter temperatures and easily destroyed by molds. Flower buds drop off easily in response to the slightest touch or unfavorable conditions. Tavaresias prefer light shade rather than full sun, although stems may not color up under shady conditions. Тhey grow well in light gritty soil with a very liberal drainage.

Plants are usually increased by cuttings, which, as they are very succulent, should be allowed to dry a week after they are taken off, when they may at once be put singly into pots. Grafting the Tavaresia on Stapelias is often useful and can be recommended… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Tavaresia

Origin

Tavaresia angolensis is native to Angola and Namibia.

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