The Spectacular Orbea variegata

Step aside roses and tulips, there's a new star in town! Meet the Orbea variegata, a plant that's as unique as its name. Also known as the Carrion-flower, Starfish-cactus, Starfishplant, Toad-cactus, and Toadplant, this plant is a showstopper that's sure to turn heads and start conversations.

Orbea variegata

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions. Ideal for low-maintenance gardens or forgetful waterers.

Rocky Soil Specialist

Can grow in rocky soils but may require extra effort to prepare the soil and ensure proper growth.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects or skin irritation risks.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Orbea variegata

The Orbea variegata is a small but mighty plant, standing at a height of 2 to 4 inches and spreading out to a width of 8 to 12 inches. It doesn't have leaves, but don't let that fool you. Its charm lies in its spectacular flowers that bloom in the late season. These flowers are a stunning mix of ecru and maroon, adding a pop of color to any space.

Despite its charming appearance, the Orbea variegata is also known as the Carrion-flower because its flowers emit a smell similar to rotting meat to attract flies for pollination. Talk about beauty with a twist!

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Our design recommendations

The Orbea variegata is a domestic plant that's perfect for pot planting. It's also drought-resistant, making it a great choice for those who might forget to water their plants from time to time.