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Huernia keniensis - Kenyan Dragon Flower - Vivid Root

Huernia keniensis - Kenyan Dragon Flower


See a picture of the flower: (In this photo you will notice that the stems look totally different. I have seen other photos of this plant with stems that look similar to mine and flowers that look similar. That said, the ID of this plant can only be confirmed for sure when it does flower.)

You will get at least 2 stems on all stapeliads. Usually more.

Your plant will be similar to the one in the photos.

Fully rooted

shown in 2" pot

Ships bare root. Pot and soil not included.

Vivid Root 10% Soil Mix or similar

Mostly shade, morning sun only

Needs vary through the year

Stapeliads have thick stems which range from green to red/purple depending on sun exposure. They are easy to keep alive, but need just the right conditions for blooming. The challenge is worth it because many of them have spectacular blooms, hence the common name, “Starfish Flower”. Many stapeliads have evolved to be pollinated by flies, so they emit a rotting meat smell to attract them, leading to their other common name, “Carrion Flower”. These plants like to stay warm and dry. Use a very well draining soil mix (I use my 10% mix), and make sure they dry out fully between watering. They are highly susceptible to rotting if they get too wet. They also like semi-shade, so make sure they are protected from hot afternoon sun. That said, they won’t flower if they aren’t getting enough light. Give only minimal water during the winter - that is their resting period.