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Starfish Plant in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Orbea variegata

 

Starfish Plant

Orbea variegata is a leafless, glabrous, clump-forming succulent perennial. The four-angled stems can reach over 25 cm. Sporting a starfish-like flower and cylindrical fruits, blotched and dotted purple, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long.

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plant Features
  • Starfish Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Starfish Plant likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Starfish Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Starfish Plant likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Starfish Plant

Latin name

Orbea variegata

type

Succulent

family

Apocynaceae

ph

5.5 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Starfish Plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Starfish Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Starfish Plant likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Starfish 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 Starfish Plant is 0.75meters x 0.25meters 0.75 M 0.25 M

Orbea variegata

Orbea variegata is a leafless, glabrous, clump-forming succulent perennial. The four-angled stems can reach over 25 cm. Sporting a starfish-like flower and cylindrical fruits, blotched and dotted purple, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

A gritty compost is essential, and clay pots are advisable for the more delicate species. Some growers prefer a mineral-only compost to minimize the chance of fungal attack on the roots. A layer of grit on the surface of the compost prevents moisture from accumulating around the base of the stems. A minimum winter temperature of 10°C (50°CF) is acceptable, providing that plants are kept absolutely dry. A heated growing bench or incubator may help delicate plants to get through the colder months.

 
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