Stapelia hirsuta is an attractive succulent that forms dense clumps of erect, greyish-green to green stems suffused or mottled with red.
The stems are creeping, green, grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, forming diffuse mats up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter. In winter, if exposed in full sun, stems will turn a reddish color. The star shaped flowers are flat , very hairy, red- purple upto 3" to 5" in diameter, blooms in summers.
Stapelia is a very easy plant to grow and requires very few requirements.
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.