Monday, July 14, 2008

Starfish Flower Cactus

The amazing Starfish Flower Cactus ( Stapelia grandiflora ) or the Carrion Plant was given to me over the weekend by a friend of mine that owns a construction company. He just bought two houses that were severely damaged by the Hurricanes and told me to come check out the landscaping before he leveled the place. I didn't find much except this amazing cactus. The flower looks identical to a Starfish hence the name Starfish Cactus.

When the Starfish Cactus flowers the aroma is that of rotting flesh. It smells very, very bad but it only happens about once a year so it is worth it to see the flower. The Carrion Plant is very susceptible to root rot so you don't want to water to much. The Starfish Flower Cactus is happy in morning sun to afternoon shade and grows about a foot tall. Here are some pictures of my new Starfish Flower Cactus ( Stapelia grandiflora ).




6 comments:

Perennial Gardener said...

I like the texture and pattern on the flower. I don't know about the smell though.

walk2write said...

Is the plant carnivorous? Or does the smell just attract insects to pollinate it? It's a very unusual plant. It looks like there are "hairs" on the edges of the petals.

Lets Plant said...

It is hairy around the edges, and no it is not carnivorous. Definitely an interesting flower.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Another WOW ! plant .. I'm going to have to back track for more of your plants here .. I have not seen anything like this one either .. it does look like a starfish !
Joy

lola said...

Hi, I have one of these flowers & it blooms very good. I need to re pot--is it best to put it in cactus soil or will regular potting soil be ok? They are unusual plants. I like to watch mine. It catches insects.

Anonymous said...

I also have a starfish cactus and i must let you know it is actual the carnivorous planet that digests its food the fastest ( in 24 hours