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Cactus 'Starfish'

Cactus 'Starfish'

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The Cactus 'Starfish', scientifically known as Stapelia orbea variegata, is a captivating succulent admired for its unique, star-shaped flowers and intriguing foliage. The fleshy, angular stems are green with mottled patterns, creating a compact and interesting appearance. The striking flowers are large and star-shaped, typically featuring intricate patterns of yellow and brown, adding a dramatic and exotic touch. This succulent exhibits a low-growing, spreading habit and when fully mature, 'Starfish' typically reaches a height of approximately 4-6 inches.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Stapelia orbea variegata

Common: Starfish Cactus, Starfish Flower

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Direct
  • 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

  • Stapelia orbea variegata is drought-tolerant and prefers dry conditions, especially during its dormant period in winter.
  • Prefers low to moderate humidity. Good air circulation is essential to prevent fungal issues, especially in humid climates or indoor environments.
  • Protect from temperatures below 50°F (10°C), as cold can damage the plant.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can cause sunburn on the leaves.

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 southern Africa.
  • Stapelia orbea variegata produces unique star-shaped flowers that resemble rotting flesh to attract pollinators like flies. The flowers can be yellow or reddish-brown and are often speckled or mottled.
  • This succulent has thick, angular stems with distinct markings. The stems may have raised spots or lines that add to its ornamental value.
  • The flowers of Stapelia orbea variegata emit a strong, unpleasant odor resembling rotting flesh, which attracts flies for pollination. This adaptation is crucial for its reproductive success in its native habitat.
  • Like other succulents, Stapelia orbea variegata is adapted to arid conditions, storing water in its stems to survive periods of drought.
  • Unsafe / Toxic
  • Low Maintenance

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