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Carrion Flower

Stapelia spp.

Also known as

Starfish flower

Stapelia-Lepida by MadBob (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Carrion Flower Overview

Stapelia is a genus that contains around 31 spineless, perennial succulents with 4-angled, upright, toothed stems, also known as Carrion Flowers. Edges of the stems may produce small, ephemeral leaves and are often indented. Grown for their overall appearance and showy, star-shaped, foul-scented, patterned, textured and hairy white, red-purple or pink blooms. Tends to grow in clumps, branching near the base and they are popular houseplants. They may be planted outside in rockeries in warm climates.

Common problems with Carrion Flower

How to propagate Carrion Flower


Propagation is from seeds or stem cuttings in the spring or summer.


Special features of Carrion Flower

Attractive flowers


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