Huernia macrocarpa var. cerasina - Dragon Flower
Asclepiadaceae

Huernia macrocarpa var. cerasina

Huernias are in one the most interesting groups of succulents, the Stapeliads. These members of the Milkweed family are found mostly in the arid regions of Africa and also the Mediterranean.

Blooming Time: July-September

Culture: Huernias rarely grow taller than four to five inches. They tend to spread sideways or trail and will rapidly fill an entire pot. Since roots are quite shallow, use a cactus mix or add extra perlite or pumice to regular soil potting soil. Water moderately through the summer, according to temperatures. Water more sparingly in winter. Fertilizing is unnecessary.

Propagation: Propagation is easiest with stem cuttings. Allow cuttings to dry a day before planting. Huernias can be increased from seeds planting in spring in moist, sandy peat moss. Barely cover seeds. Seeds germinate quickly.

Huernia macrocarpa var. cerasina was featured as Plant-of-the-Week November 6-13, 1998.

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