Stapelianthus Decaryi Cactus
$10.00 incl. GST
- The actual plant may differ as each pot has its own unique natural look and although look identical but never 100% similar to the image pictured here.
- Flowers/Fruits are seasonal and plants may not be with flowers/fruits at the time of order/delivery.
- Overall Height is measured from the bottom of the pot to the tallest point of the plant vertically.
- Plant Overall Height APPROXIMATELY:-
- 13cm for POT SIZE 9cm(Ø)
- Stapelianthus decaryi, also known as Starfish Flower or Carrion Plant, is a unique and fascinating succulent plant.
- It belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is native to Madagascar.
- The plant features thick and fleshy stems with distinctive star-shaped, dark brown to maroon flowers.
- The flowers of Stapelianthus decaryi emit a strong odor, similar to that of rotting meat, to attract pollinators such as flies and beetles.
- The succulent stems have four to six ribs and are usually green, sometimes with a hint of purple or reddish tinge.
- This cactus has a clumping growth habit and can reach a height of about 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) with a spread of 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm).
- Stapelianthus decaryi is a low-growing plant, making it suitable for container gardening or as a ground cover in rock gardens.
- It prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some shade, making it adaptable to different light conditions.
- The plant requires well-draining soil, as overwatering can lead to root rot. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
- Stapelianthus decaryi is relatively low-maintenance and can tolerate drought conditions.
- It is best suited for warm climates and is not frost-tolerant, so protect it from freezing temperatures.
- This cactus is a fascinating addition to succulent collections, as its unique star-shaped flowers and distinctive growth habit make it a standout plant.
- Stapelianthus decaryi prefers well-draining soil.
- Use a cactus-specific potting mix or create a mixture of equal parts of regular potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite.
- The soil should allow water to pass through quickly and not retain excessive moisture.
- Avoid using heavy or clay-based soils.
- Stapelianthus decaryi requires minimal fertilization.
- Use a diluted, balanced cactus fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer).
- Apply the fertilizer according to the package instructions, typically every 2-3 months.
- Avoid overfertilization, as it can lead to excessive growth and damage the plant.
- Stapelianthus decaryi thrives in bright, indirect light.
- It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon.
- Place the plant near a south-facing window or outdoors in a spot with bright, filtered light.
- Provide shade during the hottest part of the day.
- Stapelianthus decaryi has low water requirements.
- Allow the soil to dry out almost completely between waterings.
- Water sparingly, thoroughly saturating the soil and then letting it dry out.
- Adjust watering frequency based on the season and environmental conditions.