Stapelia leendertziae cristata - Black Bells
Slightly fuzzy surface on this amazing mutant. A cristata is a random mutation that causes a plant to grow in a flat distorted way. Each one is very unique. They can hang down the side of the pot as they grow too. So cool!
Produces a large bell shaped maroon flower.
Current batch looks more like FIRST photo.
Your plant will be similar to the one in the photos.
Mostly shade, morning sun only
Needs vary through the year
Vivid Root Mineral Mix or similar
Ships bare root. Pot and soil not included.
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.