Stapelia Leendertzia. Bell Stapelia.
The Stapelia Leendertzia is a fascinating fast growing succulent plant. The pale green stems are quadrangular in form with no spines at all and trail pleasingly down over the pot. Spectacular flowers are produced in late summer at the base or lower part of new branches, bell shaped at first becoming a star shape when fully open, up to 8cm in diameter and 12cm long. Dark purple-dark maroon in colour on the outide and a blackish purple inside each has many fine hairs at its centre. The flower also gives off quite a sickly sweet scent, its way of ensuring pollination, but it is not overpowering even close up .
Very easy to keep, great for growing in pots needing minimal maintenance
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STAPELIA LEENDERTZIAE. Bell Stapelia
Latin Name: Stapelia Leendertziae.
Common Name: Star Flower. Carrion Fose. Marron Cup Starfish. Bell Stapelia.
Origin: South Africa. Transvaal.
Hardiness: Frost tender.
Growth Characteristics: Very easy to grow. Evergreen succulent with trailing pale green quadrangular stems. Completely spineless. Spectacular bell shaped flowers turning into a star when fully open, purple-dark maroon in colour with many fine hairs in the centre. Flowers have a sicky sweet scent ut not overpowering. Requires little maintenance.
Sun: Full sun/partial sun.
Exposure: Sheltered. House plant.
Soil: Well drained soil. Gritty.
Moisture: Water every 7-10 days or so in summer. Keep dryer in winter.
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