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Starfish Cactus (Stapelia orbea variegata)

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  • Botanical Name: Stapelia orbea variegata
  • Common Names: Starfish Cactus, Starfosh Flower
  • Description: Orbea variegata is commonly known as Starfish Plant, Carrion Plant, or Starfish Cactus. It is native to South Africa and belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family. The Stapelia Orbea variegata grows erect, branching above ground and forming clumps, reaching a height of 10 cm. The flower of this plant is starfish-shaped, greenish-yellow with brown patches or blotches. It flowers in late summer or autumn. The plant is mildly frost-hardy and grows at a fast pace when exposed to the right conditions. This summer-dormant plant needs light shade to full sun for impressive growth.