Stapelia divaricata 6.5cm
Small succulents, which at first sight might resemble cactaceae due to their cylindrical stems slightly thorny along the ribs, which offer a wonderful mix of colors: from bright green to red-purple or greyish.
This iridescent and exotic aspect of the plant is not its only peculiarity: its inflorescences are even more appreciated.
When they bloom, in fact, they are clearly distinguished from cacti: marvelous star-shaped flowers pop out from among the twigs, sometimes up to 30 centimeters large.
Despite their unpleasant smell, which they use to attract insects for pollination, the chromatic uniqueness of the stems and the extraordinary beauty of the flowers contribute, overall, to make this succulent of an inestimable aesthetic value!
Stapelia divaricata is a small succulent that reaches a maximum of 14-16 cm in height. It is characterized by fine green and angular stems. It is very popular for its particular star-shaped wax flower of a white-pink color. Stapelia divaricata flowers in late summer only if it has been exposed to the direct sun during spring and summer.
- It requires a lot of light throughout the year, however, avoid direct sun rays especially during the hottest hours of the day, as long as they might burn the leaves.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures, never below 12 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it (in a dry place) during the winter period.
- Water regularly in summer, but only when the soil is dry. In cold periods, considerably reduce watering (once every 1-2 months).
- It is better to use a specific substrate for succulents, to which you can add fine sand for better drainaige.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.