A Unique Addition to Your Garden

Looking for an unusual and eye-catching addition to your garden? Look no further than the Stapelia hirsuta, also known as the Carrion-flower, Hairy starfish-flower, or Hairy toadplant. This unique plant is sure to turn heads and spark conversations!

Stapelia hirsuta

Partial To Full Sun

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

Very Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions (once every two weeks), rarely needs watering.

Sand Specialist

Thrives in sandy soils, requiring moderate care and preparation.

Neutral Soil pH Preference

Prefers a neutral pH, common in many soils.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Stapelia hirsuta

The Stapelia hirsuta is a carpeting plant that stands about 4 to 8 inches tall and spreads 8 to 12 inches wide. Its leaves are not its main attraction, but its flowers certainly are! They bloom in the autumn or during hot weather periods, displaying a stunning array of lilac and crimson colors. The fruit of this plant is also quite eye-catching, boasting a rich mahogany color.

Despite its beautiful appearance, the Stapelia hirsuta has a rather peculiar trait. It's known as the 'Carrion-flower' because its flowers emit a smell similar to that of decaying meat. This unusual scent attracts pollinating insects, ensuring the plant's survival and reproduction.

Also known as

Hairy starfish-flower
Hairy toadplant
Shaggy stapelia

Our design recommendations

The Stapelia hirsuta is a perfect choice for those who wish to add a touch of the exotic to their garden. Its unique appearance and growth habit make it an excellent choice for cluster planting. Plus, it's a drought-resistant plant, making it a low-maintenance addition to any garden. This plant is quite versatile when it comes to landscape location. It can be grown in a pot as a room plant, placed on a deck, or planted directly in the ground. It can also thrive in confined spaces, making it a great choice for those with limited gardening space.