Stapelia Hirsuta

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Stapelia Hirsuta, commonly referred to as the "Starfish Flower" or "Carrion Plant," is a unique and distinctive succulent native to South Africa. It is admired for its five-pointed, starfish-shaped flowers that are often dark red, burgundy, or brownish-purple in colour. The plant's name "Hirsuta" references the noticeable hairs that cover the flower stems and the outside of the flowers. While incredibly attractive in its floral displays, this plant is also known for its peculiar scent, which resembles rotting meat - a strategy it employs to attract its main pollinators, flies.

The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.

As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.

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Pro tips

Ensure the plant is potted in well-draining soil and does not sit in water. Additionally, this plant prefers a warmer climate, so avoid exposure to temperatures below 50°F.

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Care Guide

How to take care of Stapelia Hirsuta

They enjoy some direct sun, but they'll also do well in bright, indirect light. It is best to place this plant somewhere where it will receive some nice morning sun, or a couple hours of afternoon sun, and then indirect light the rest of the day.

They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.

They like the soil to be completely dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 4 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. wrinkly or soft leaves). Water a little more often in the warmer months.

Their humidity requirement is low, so do not mist them or put them in an enclosed terrarium.

This plant is moderately toxic and can cause some adverse reactions when ingested so it is best to not let your pets eat it, which we advise for all plants in general. The severity of the reaction will depend on how much of the plant is ingested but, if you know your pet typically does not eat your plants, this plant will be suitable for your home.

Plant Bio

About Stapelia Hirsuta

Botanical Name: Stapelia Hirsuta

Stapelia Hirsuta

Common Name: Starfish Flower, Carrion Plant

Starfish Flower, Carrion Plant

Origin: South Africa

South Africa

Introducing the Stapelia Hirsuta, a distinctive houseplant that invites us to celebrate uniqueness, resilience, and the surprising beauty in the unexpected.

Stapelia Hirsuta, also known as the Starfish Flower, boasts remarkable five-pointed, fuzzy, burgundy flowers that can grow up to 20 centimetres across. Its unusual blooms are a testament to the beauty of diversity, inspiring us to celebrate the uniqueness in ourselves and others.

Thriving in bright light conditions and even full sun, the Stapelia Hirsuta is a champion of resilience. It encourages us to persevere in the face of adversity and bask in our own sunlight, so to speak.

When it comes to watering, the Stapelia Hirsuta, as a succulent, prefers to dry out almost entirely between waterings. This patient and self-sustaining approach serves as a lesson in finding balance and embracing resourcefulness.

With proper care, this plant will produce its unique star-shaped flowers, an unexpected spectacle that symbolizes the potential for beauty to emerge from patience and dedication.

Welcome the Stapelia Hirsuta into your home. It's not just a plant; it's an emblem of resilience, diversity, and the remarkable beauty that can be found in the unique and unexpected.

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