Orbea variegata (Starfish Flower) is a small plant that grows 2ft tall and is native to South Africa.
It thrives in USDA Zone 9-11. In cold regions, it is advisable to keep Orbea variegata indoors and bring it outside during the warmer months. When bringing the plant indoors, it is important to carefully inspect the plant for pests or damage and use a horticultural spray if necessary. The plant should be placed in a spot with bright but indirect sunlight. Water regularly during the growing season, but let the soil dry out between waterings. Use a fertilizer specifically formulated for flowering plants to encourage more blooms.
The typical flower of Orbea variegata is 3-4 inches across with 5 blunt lobes that are starfish-like and attractively patterned or dusted with chocolate/purple, brown/bronze blotches on a greenish-yellow background. The flowers mostly come in 6-7 rows or irregularly scattered and have a yellow central disc speckled with dark spots. Flowers come in late summer or fall and have a light carrion smell. The plant is quite free-flowering if in direct sunlight.
Orbea variegata is sure to be a showstopper in your garden and adds extra charm to your landscape.