South eastern Africa
Stapelianthus madagascariensis is a low running succulent with very mottled stems that can form large compact clumps and produce small cream-coloured, bell-like, flowers
Pedicels 3-7 cm long, 4-5 mm in diameter, thickened at the base shorter than the corolla. Undersides red to greenish. Corolla width very variable, from 5-22 cm across and very deeply lobed. Flowers are intermittently produced throughout the late summer and autumn.
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.