Maroon Cup Starsh
Stapelia clavicorona consist of 1-10, fairly robust stems that are deeply indented between the angles. Flower too, is one of the most unusual of all stapelias. Robust, mm tall, 12-25 cm long, square, fuzzy with compressed angles armed with teeth ending with an up to 2 mm prominent thick white tip and sides deeply furrowed. Stems are olive-green and turn reddish in the dry season. Older stems become corky and white. Flowering successively from a short peduncle; peduncle usually situated about midway up the stem, 6-7 mm long, 3.5 mm across.
Flowers are star-shaped, relatively small. Pedicel, pubescent. Sepal lobes triangular, 5-6 mm long, pubescent. Corolla without an annulus, outside velvety pubescent, inside glabrous with a few white hairs, disc and lobes pale pinkish green, pink-violet, dull rose to light yellow marked with purple-brown transverse lines.
In general they are drought-resistant succulents suited for rockeries, and the small-flowered species are suitable as container Cactus.
They are excellent subjects for a water-wise garden, Provided that they are not over-watered and are given a warm position.
They like a sunny position and will also grow in light, semishade in hot climates. The soil should have good drainage
Some large-flowered species make a good show when grown in masses in the garden.
Water sparingly, but throughly! Let the water drain out of the drainage hole to ensure the roots can drink enough water. Make sure to water only once the soil is absolutely dry. Lithops should be watered very sparingly in winters. You can water it once in 2-3 weeks. While watering take care as to not water on top of the plant. If can cause the plant to rot as they cannot stand stagnant water.
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