genus that includes 40-50 species of succulent plants, native to southern Africa; they have erect stems, or slightly prostrate at the base, which grow up to 30-40 cm in height, with a diameter of 5-6 cm, very branched; they have a bright green color and are completely covered with a thin down. In late summer they produce flowers, often up to 15-20 cm in diameter, star-shaped, with five fleshy lobes, yellow, red or purple, often streaked and covered with down. The flowers of stapeliads usually give off a very unpleasant smell, as they attract flies for pollination. After the flowers you can see the fruits, long pods containing numerous seeds, equipped with a feathery wing useful for making them scatter by the wind.
Exposure: place in a sunny position, taking care to move the plant in partial shade in the hottest periods of the day, especially in the months of July and August. These plants can bear temperatures a few degrees below zero, but it is advisable to keep them even in winter at 5-7 ° C.
Watering: from March to September water regularly, letting the soil dry well between one watering and the next; in the cold months water sporadically, leaving the plant completely dry if grown in a cold climate.
Stapelia flavirostris: Reproduction
Soil: stapelia prefer well-drained and sandy soils, to obtain a good compound mix two parts of universal soil with a part of sand and a part of lapillus or fine-grained pumice.
Multiplication: occurs by seed, in spring; or by cuttings, allowing the cuttings to dry for 12-15 hours before placing them to root in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts.
Pests and diseases: pay close attention to cochineal.