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Yellow starfish ornamental stapelias flowers are spectacular with wow factor
Ornamental stapelias are succulent cactus like plants native to the deserts often yellow in colour and a few of them with reddish stripes. When grown at home they require a sunny location and little watering only when dry.

They the most commonly collected since they are showy specimen with five petal starfish like flowers with a wow factor. Since these plants have crowded roots a 6-inch deep pot with well-drained soil is suitable for them. They require slight amount of fertilization in the spring season.

Stapelias are a bit stink like rotten meat but spectacular in shape, colour and stripes. They attract house flies and insect which help them in pollination.

We had a plant in house garden for a few years then it died. It required warm and humid conditions or greenhouse environment.  Due harsh colds of winter and being kept outside took the toll.

They are soft stemmed plants without spines that thickly skinned that produce amazing five-petal flowers that exude a rather unpleasant odour if you get close to them.

Yellow flowers are most sought after and other varieties could be from red to brown. And, a few others could be mottled with a couple of colours and different patterns of stripes. They are ornamental specimen to become a point of conversation to the visitors.

During winter, it is advisable to keep them inside the house near window move them outside in the heat of summer

If. you wish to keep them outside throughout the year, then grow them in a small greenhouse. Morning light is the best with some protection from harsh midday rays and these conditions are provided by a greenhouse. The name starfish flower cactus is misleading. The plant does need consistent moisture unlike its true cacti cousins.

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