Quaqua mammillaris, Stapelia mammillaris, Quaqua

Quaqua mammillaris, Stapelia mammillaris

Family: Apocynaceae    (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterUnusual colorThorny or spiny

Known as the Quaqua, this unusual small shrub has a gnarled, open, and erect form. Growing up to 2-5 ft in height, it is characterized by bright, sunny yellow flowers with a unique and irregular pattern. Most attractive when in full sun, Quaqua should be planted in areas with moderate water and dry conditions when established. The flowers range in shades from pale yellows to intense oranges, giving an exotic and dramatic look to any landscape. Best of all, these unusual and beautiful plants are surprisingly hardy, surviving in most zones from 9 to 11, making them widely available to the average gardener. Those who live in colder zones can still enjoy the beauty of this plant by choosing to grow it in a pot and bringing it indoors when necessary. For proper care, remember to plant in soil that has good drainage, provide full sun while shielding it from the wind, and water regularly especially when it is actively growing in spring and autumn and don't forget to winterize the pot by bringing it inside during the cold season. Prune regularly to shape and remove any dead flowers to keep its shape. Finally, Quaqua is known for its thorny or spiny features, so caution should be taken around it when gardening or socializing outdoors.

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Quaqua mammillaris, Stapelia mammillaris, Quaqua

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