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Maroon Cup Starfish Stapelia leendertziae

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Phonetic Spelling
sta-PEL-ee-uh leen-DERTZ-ee-ay
Description

Black Bells is a succulent plant in the dogbane family native to South Africa in tropical dry shrubland and rocky areas.  The stems are pale green, pliant, quadrangular and slightly furrowed. The flowers are deep maroon star-shaped campanula type flowers that are pollinated by flies. They may repeat bloom throughout the season. the clumps of this columnar plant will gradually expand and can be divided 

Grow this plant outdoors in the summer but bring in during the fall and winter. Make sure the pots have many drainage holes and use soils appropriate for succulents and cacti. Do not overwater. Provide with bright light.

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Tags:
#sun#partial shade#houseplant#container plant#succulent#interiorscape#xeriscaping#maroon flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#partial shade#houseplant#container plant#succulent#interiorscape#xeriscaping#maroon flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stapelia
    Species:
    leendertziae
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Deep maroon red cup-shaped / campanulate or more open in a star-shaped flower. May repeat bloom as a house plant.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Erect, pale green or reddish quadrangular and slightly furrowed stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil