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Stapelia gigantea

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Giant toad flower is part of the Stapelia genus. Its scientific name is Stapelia gigantea.

An interesting plant that resembles a cactus producing clumps of 4-sided spineless stems. The flowers are large and fleshy, shaped as 5-pointed stars; they have an elaborate circular fleshy disk in the center. The flowers smell like carrion and are not offensive if blooming outdoors. The flowers are 10 to 16 inches across.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cerise red, and produces a distinctive faint carion scent.The mature flowers are of an exotic form.

Giant toad flower is a flowering succulent / succulent annual/perennial, it will last at least a year and up to several years in its native climate.

Normally grows with a clump-forming habit. This plant tends to bloom in early autumn.

South Africa is believed to be where Giant toad flower originates from.

Giant toad flower is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Giant toad flower

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Stapelia needs a cool, dry rest period in winter. Propagation is by stem cuttings taken in the spring. Take cuts in spring and let them callous up for two to three weeks before planting.1

Enjoys a full sun / partial sun position in your garden and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Giant toad flower is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Giant toad flower to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Giant toad flower from seed

Transplanting Giant toad flower

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Giant toad flower is a tender plant.

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Giant toad flower Etymology

The name of this plant honors Johannes van Stapel, a 17th century physician and botanist.2

Giant toad flower Folklore & Trivia

This plant has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Other names for Giant toad flower

Zulu giant, Carrion flower, Starfish flower

Stapelia gigantea N.E. Br.

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