Stapelia

The stem succulent, which belongs to the subfamily of the silk plant family (Asclepiadoideae) in the family of the dog poisonous plants (Apocynaceae), originates with the approx. 50 species originally from South and East Africa, some species also from the Arabian region. The branched shoots are square and on their edges are soft tips, which are the leaves.
Especially on the Stapelia are the flowers, which are star-shaped, can grow up to 40cm and release a carrion-like smell.


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Stapelia prefer a bright, sunny location, but should not be placed in direct midday sun.

The succulent should be planted in a mostly mineral substrate.

Watering should be moderate, the substrate should be dry before the next watering, excess water should be able to drain off well.

Fertilization can be done about once every two months, i.e. about every eight weeks.

In summer, the succulents can be placed outside after they have gradually become accustomed to direct sunlight. However, you should bring them back into the house at temperatures below 15°C.
In winter the temperature should be around 15°C. Fertilization is no longer used, watering is reduced.

Since Stapelias belong to the family of the dog poison plants, their sap is poisonous.

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