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Tavaresia barklyi (Thimble Flower)


Scientific Name

Tavaresia barklyi (Dyer) N.E.Br.

Common Names

Thimble Flower, Devil's Trumpet, Katstert (Afrikaans), Bergghaap (Afrikaans), Duiwelstrompet (Afrikaans)


Decabelone barklyi, Decabelone grandiflora, Euphorbia antunesii

Scientific Classification

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


Tavaresia barklyi is a tufted, spiny, cactus-like, succulent perennial with cylindrical, erect, glabrous, 10 to 12 ribbed stems, blue-green or tinged with purplish, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) in diameter. The large, tubular flowers are pale yellow to cream in color, up to 4.4 inches (11 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, covered with small purple-red spots and streaks on the outside, darker on the inside, becoming almost fully maroon to purplish at the base inside. The fruit are elongated follicles.

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USDA hardiness zone 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


Native to South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.


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