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Stapelia Speciosa Orbea Starfish Succulent

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Nature never ceases to amaze us and the flowers of the Stapelia Orbea Speciosa are no doubt one that amazes with every bloom. The Orbea speciosa is a prized cactus/ succulent for its unique star-shaped flowers. Generally, the Orbea succulents are truly rewarding bloomers. This species was reclassified from being known as Stapelia Speciosa. This plant is easy to grow in dry climates with very well-draining soils. This plant comes from the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa and is definitely a gorgeous one to cultivate.  This plant is pollinated by flies so don't mind the slight smell made to attract those flies to come on in and pollinate. 

Allowing these plants to sit in too much water risks getting lost to root rot so adding extra drainage rocks or terracotta pots is a great idea. You can also check out some of our other starfish succulents like the Stapelia Gigantea and Huernia Zebrina.

Available in the following packaging based on your preference:

  • Nursery Pot - Standard 4-inch planter pot that can be placed inside a larger pot or left as is until it outgrows it.
  • Marie Planter - This plant comes packaged in a 4" terracotta planter pot ready for your home or office space with a matching tray to catch drips when watered.

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Our plants are shipped from our indoor greenhouse in South Florida. Please note all our plants are one of a kind and if you want to message us we can send you a picture of the exact one you will receive. The product image here is intended to be the best representation of what you can expect to receive but yours may have slightly less or more growth depending on the crop we have when your order is placed. Any lifestyle pictures are meant to demonstrate how a fully grown or more mature plant looks for you to get a sense of it in your space.

Botanical Name
Orbea speciosa, Stapelia speciosa
Common Names
Carrion Flower, Stinky Plant, toad cactus, toad plant, starfish cactus, starfish succulent, starfish plant
Plant Type
Succulent, Milkweed
Mature Size
8-inches tall and about 20-inches wide
Sun Exposure
Full Sun to partial shade
Soil Type
Fast draining mixes, however not completely drought resistant plant, needs regular watering
Soil pH
Neutral to slightly alkaline
Bloom Time
Seasonal bloomer once mature enough.
Flower Color
Yellow with Red striping
Hardiness Zones
Zone 9a-12 outdoors; may grow indoors in containers with enough light
Native Area
South Africa
Pet Safe/Toxicity
Not pet friendly, can be toxic

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Lynn Dillaha
Larger than I expected. .

Plant arrived in excellent condition. Much larger than I expected. Carefully packed, no damage during shipping. IVery healthy.. I ove it.