Fat plants

Stapelia flavirostris


genus that includes 40-50 species of succulent plants, originating in southern Africa; they have erect stems, or slightly prostrate at the base, which grow up to 30-40 cm in height, with a diameter of 5-6 cm, very branched; they have a bright green color and are completely covered by a thin hair. In late summer they produce flowers, often large up to 15-20 cm in diameter, star-shaped, with five fleshy lobes, yellow, red or purple, often streaked and covered with down. The flowers of the stapelie usually give off a very unpleasant smell, since they attract flies for pollination. After the flowers you can see the fruits, long pods containing many seeds, equipped with a feathery wing useful for making them disperse by the wind.


Exposure: place in a sunny position, taking care to move the plant in partial shade during the hottest periods of the day, especially in the months of July and August. These plants can withstand temperatures of a few degrees below zero, but it is advisable to keep them even in winter at 5-7 ° C.
Watering: from March to September water regularly, leaving the soil to dry well between one watering and another; in the cold months water sporadically, leaving the plant completely dry if cultivated in a cold climate.

Stapelia flavirostris: Reproduction

Soil: the stapelia prefer well-drained and sandy soils, to obtain a good mixture mix two parts of universal soil with a part of sand and a part of lapillus or fine-grained pumice.
Multiplication: occurs by seed, in spring; or by cutting, letting the cuttings dry for 12-15 hours before placing them in a mixture of peat and sabia in equal parts.
Pests and diseases: pay close attention to cochineal.