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Carrion Flower

Stapelia grandiflora

Also known as

Starfish Flower, Giant Toad Plant, Starfish Cactus

大花犀角(海星花) Stapelia grandiflora -香港青松觀蘭花展 Tuen Mun, Hong Kong- (9207618744) by 阿橋 HQ (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a Stapelia grandiflora flower on a plant
A close up of a Stapelia grandiflora plant in flower
A close up of a star shaped Stapelia grandiflora flower
A close up of a Stapelia grandiflora flower

Carrion Flower Overview

Stapelia grandiflora is a spineless, evergreen perennial succulent from the Apocynaceae family. It forms 4-angled, upright, toothed stems and also known by the names Starfish Flower and Carrion Flower, amongst others. Edges of the stems may produce small, ephemeral leaves and are often indented. This plant doesn't typically exceed 20cm in height. It is grown for the succulent stems and large, showy, star-shaped, foul-scented, patterned, textured, hairy, cream and pink-purple blooms. Giant Stapelia tends to grow in clumps, branching near the base and is a popular houseplant. It may be planted outside in rockeries in warm climates.

Common problems with Carrion Flower

How to propagate Carrion Flower



Special features of Carrion Flower

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers