Huernia sp., Huernia. Huernia zebrina
Huernia zebrina

Huernia sp.

Family: Apocynaceae    (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: Eastern and Southern Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual colorUnknown name

Huernia sp. is a small plant that grows 2-5 ft tall and comes in an array of unusual colors. The flowers are red, crimson and vinous, while some species possess abundant yellow, orange and red flowers. These blooms are often star-shaped and may appear in singles or clumps.

This plant thrives best when placed in a warm location with full sun. It also enjoys being in semi-shade and requires moderate amounts of water and dry conditions. It is of easy care and requires little pruning and maintenance. Grown in USDA plant hardiness zones of 9 to 11, Huernia can tolerate a range of temperatures, but it is best to keep it away from frost and snow. In colder regions, cultivate it in a pot and bring it indoors during the cold season. It prefers well-draining soil such as a cactus potting mixture, and provide enough water for the soil to remain lightly moist.

These exotic plants are usually pest- and disease-free but may be affected by mealybugs and scale. Be on the lookout for these unwanted visitors and take action with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.

This plant may be difficult to find. But if you manage to get a hold of one, it will surely be a real conversation-starter!

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