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Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Huernia Zebrina

 

Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant

Huernia are stem succulents with five-lobed, funnel or bell-shaped flowers often striped vividly in contrasting colours or tones, some glossy, others matt and wrinkled depending on the species concerned. The flowers attract flies by emitting a scent similar to that of carrion. Lifesaver plants can be grown as intriguing indoor, greenhouse or summer patio container plants almost anywhere and can be grown outdoors in warm-winter and Mediterranean climates. 'Zebrina' has 5-pointed, yellow, star-shaped flowers which are banded in coppery brown with a dark red lifesaver rim making it appropriately named Life Saver Plant.

 
plant Features
  • Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant

Latin name

Huernia Zebrina

type

Succulent

family

Apocynaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Little Owl Eyes, Lifesaver Plant is 0.35meters x 0.25meters 0.35 M 0.25 M

Huernia Zebrina

Huernia are stem succulents with five-lobed, funnel or bell-shaped flowers often striped vividly in contrasting colours or tones, some glossy, others matt and wrinkled depending on the species concerned. The flowers attract flies by emitting a scent similar to that of carrion. Lifesaver plants can be grown as intriguing indoor, greenhouse or summer patio container plants almost anywhere and can be grown outdoors in warm-winter and Mediterranean climates. 'Zebrina' has 5-pointed, yellow, star-shaped flowers which are banded in coppery brown with a dark red lifesaver rim making it appropriately named Life Saver Plant.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Mostly, Huernia are grown as houseplants. If purchased as a pot plant, re-pot in spring as necessary, using a shallow pot. A commercial cactus mixture plus a little added leaf mould is ideal. Put a layer of broken crocks in the bottom to improve drainage. It needs as much light as possible, but protect from direct sun during summer. It will tolerate normal temperatures in summer and can be put outdoors until early autumn. In winter keep at a minimum temperature of 10°C (50°F).

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Early Summer TO Mid Summer

You can take cuttings from early to mid-summer. Using a sharp knife, cut off healthy stems. Place on a sheet of paper and allow to dry for about 4 days before planting cuttings in individual pots of commercial cactus compost.

 
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