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Cactus 'Lifesaver'

Cactus 'Lifesaver'

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The Cactus 'Lifesaver', scientifically known as Huernia insigniflora, is a captivating succulent admired for its unique, star-shaped flowers and intriguing foliage. The fleshy, angular stems are green and grow densely, creating a compact and interesting appearance. The striking flowers are typically a rich maroon or red with a central ring that resembles a lifesaver candy, adding a dramatic and exotic touch. This succulent exhibits a low-growing, spreading habit and when fully mature, 'Lifesaver' typically reaches a height of approximately 4-6 inches.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Huernia insigniflora

Common: Lifesaver Cactus

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 60-85°F
  • Humidity: Low
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering
  • Fertilize: Every 6-8 weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • Can tolerate higher temperatures but should be protected from frost. Ideal nighttime temperature is around 50°F (10°C).
  • Can tolerate some direct sunlight but should be gradually acclimated to prevent sunburn. In lower light conditions, Huernia may not flower as profusely.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Apocynaceae family, also known as the Dogbane family, which is a large family of flowering plants with over 4,500 species.
  • Native to Eastern and Southern Africa, particularly in semi-arid regions.
  • Some Huernia species produce flowers that emit a faint carrion scent to attract pollinators like flies. This scent is usually not strong enough to be noticed by humans unless in close proximity.
  • The genus name "Huernia" honors Justus van Heurne, a Dutch missionary and botanist who worked in South Africa in the early 17th century.
  • Unsafe / Toxic
  • Low Maintenance

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