Stapelianthus decaryi, Stapelianthus

Stapelianthus decaryi

Family: Apocynaceae    (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Origin: Madagascar
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow, orange flowersPink flowers

This native of Madagascar has a sprawling growth habit, growing between two and five feet tall and two feet wide. Stapelianthus decaryi is a small succulent plant that has thicket-like stems and it's identifiable by its porous mottled bark, along with its yellow and maroon speckled flowers, which are shaped like chalices.

The Stapelianthus decaryi is best grown in semi-shade, and they require moderate watering. This species of succulent blooms in the summer, when delicate clusters of pink, yellow and oranges flowers appear. When grown in the right conditions, the Stapelianthus will attract many pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.

The Stapelianthus decaryi is hardy in USDA planting zones 9-11, and can be grown both indoors and outdoors as long as it is sheltered from harsh winds, and given adequate protection from frost. For those in colder climates, a Stapelianthus can be grown successfully in a pot and housed indoors during the cooler months. When planting or potting indoors, make sure the soil is well-draining and the pot is shallow to allow for the plant to spread easily. When watering, it's important to keep the soil damp, but not soggy as this species is susceptible to root rot.

Overall, the Stapelianthus decaryi is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance - making it a great choice for green thumbs of all levels. With its interesting mottled bark and chalice-shaped flowers, this Madagascar native will bring an exotic touch to any garden!

Stapelianthus decaryi, Stapelianthus
Stapelianthus decaryi, Stapelianthus

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