The Starfish Flower ‘Stapelia Hirsuta’

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Growing your plant is both satisfying and challenging. If you want to add a new house plant, be ready to exert some effort and devote time to research and actual labor. If you are new to this, consider having a succulent as your first house plant. Succulents are known to be beginner-friendly plants as they don’t require much to survive. It comes in different shapes and sizes, so you’ll find a type that fits your personality. 

Stapelia Hirsuta thrives on stony slopes and is native to South Africa. This plant belongs to the Apocynaceae succulent family. It is mainly seen in landscape gardens due to its unique appearance. 

Stapelia Hirsuta Physical Appearance

It is a known attractive succulent. Stapelia Hirsuta forms dense clumps of greyish-green to green stems with red marks. The plant can be as tall as 8 inches tall and 20 inches long. During the winter season, when exposed to direct sunlight, the stems will turn red. What is interesting is that during the summer season, Stapelia Hirsuta produces very hairy, red, purple, star-shaped flowers. The flowers usually grow up to 5 inches wide. Although it is non-fragrant, Stapelia Hirsuta is a stunning plant. 

Stapelia Hirsuta Propagation Guide

Generally, Stapelia Hirsuta is easy to grow and maintain. The standard method to propagate this succulent plant is through stem cuttings. Choose a mature stem and cut it off. Allow the cuttings to air-dried for two to three days. This will prevent the transfer of any existing bacteria on your succulent and prevent too much water from entering your succulent. 

Proper Plant Guide

Sunlight:Full to semi-shaded sunlight. It prefers shaded outdoor locations, but if placed indoors, put it by the window, wherein it can still get enough sunlight. If this is not feasible, provide an artificial light source to your Stapelia Hirsuta. 
Watering:It is drought-resistant. You may water your Stapelia Hirsuta twice weekly during winter to avoid root rot. This type of succulent is perfect for a water-wise garden; ensure you are not overwatering it. 
Temperature:The ideal temperature is around 18 to 24°C. The minimum temperature it can tolerate is 5 to 10°C. Stapelia Hirsuta survives better in warmer temperatures. 
USDA Hardiness Zone:10
Soil:Use a well-draining soil mixture for your Stapelia Hirsuta. You may purchase a succulent potting mix at your local garden center. 
Pot:Check that your container has enough draining holes. This is important to allow the water to flow when watering. Using a proper pot for your Stapelia Hirsuta can prevent root rot. 
Toxicity:Stapelia Hirsuta is non-toxic to both humans and animals. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about leaving your kids and pets around this type of succulent. 

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