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My Southern California (zone 10a) garden has all kinds of plants mixed together; roses, ferns, succulents, vegetables,....

Stapelia gigantea

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lovestogarden

This is longest blooming season for these yet. It was too cold for the flies to be about or the #stinky to be smelled. 👏👏 #stapelia #stapelia-gigantea #stapeliagigantea #southerncalifornia 4 December 2019

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KariSamuel

I love these so much!! ❤ I will likely never get to experience a bloom on mine, so thank you for sharing yours!

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RedFuchsia

Wow, that's a big flower 😍

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lovestogarden

You may enjoy these crazy, stinky flowers any time @KariSamuel! 🤗💞

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lovestogarden

Yes, @RedFuchsia, these are giant and can be as large as a foot from tip to tip. 😯

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lovestogarden

Four blooming today! Our temperature was in the low 70's today, so they weren't too #stinky. 😂 Only two #flies where about. 👏👏👏 #stapeliagigantea #stapelia-gigantea #stapelia #southerncalifornia 13 November 2019

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columbiariver

🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😘

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gjones

That plant is amazing! So many big beautiful flowers and it looks like at least one or two more buds to open. So much nicer if they're not as stinky😂😂

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lovestogarden

I agree Laura and Katy. 😁 Part of their crazy appeal is the stink. 😂😂 @columbiariver @gjones

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Susanandsteve

Wow! 70 degree temperatures sure sounds good! That plant sure is interesting!♥️😍

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lovestogarden

Yes, all you folks with real winter setting in, our temperature sounds great. ☺️ It is a pretty crazy plant. 💞 @Susanandsteve

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lovestogarden

The most flowers to bloom at one time! Super #stinky. #stapelia #stapelia-gigantea #southerncalifornia 11 November 2019

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gjones

That's amazing! They're really happy this year but I can't imagine what it smells like😄😄

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columbiariver

They look very healthy 😊

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KariSamuel

As much as I would love to have just one bloom, I'm both envious and sad for your stinky situation! 🤣

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juliesgarden

Fabulous ☺️

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lovestogarden

#Blooming again! #stapelia #stapelia-gigantea #stinky #fly #southerncalifornia 20 October 2019

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lovestogarden

Oh, the stank! 🤢 #stapeliagigantea So many flowers this year. 👏👏👏 #stapelia #stinky #stinkyflower #fly #southerncalifornia 7 October 2019

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gjones

I can't imagine what that smells like😄😄

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lovestogarden

@gjones The closest I can describe is like a day old dead rodent. 🤢🤯 😂😂 Sorry. Probably not what you wanted to imagine. 🥴

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columbiariver

Had to plug my nose to get by this one 😆😘

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gjones

You really have to like these flowers that smell like rotting rodents😂😂😂 but they are stunning big flowers!

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lovestogarden

Laura, it definitely gives a reason to plug the nose! 😂😂😂 @columbiariver

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lovestogarden

Katy, they are grown for there uniqueness for sure. My godmother used to snap off the flower buds, much to my godfather's dismay. 😂 @gjones

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lovestogarden

@petalsnthorns - you can scroll through the postings if you want. This plant is in the ground. 💞

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mardel

That's a beauty...is the smell that bad??? Lol

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lovestogarden

Yep. @Mardel, it sure is. 🤢 The flies love them. 😂😂😂

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lovestogarden

A record #stinky #flower on this #Stapelia gigantea. Five #flies on the flower and more around. Our hot weather is making the stank worse. 😖🥵🙊 Easy to smell at 3' away. I hate to think if two flowers were blooming.🤢 #succulentsunday #stapeliagigantea #stapelia-gigantea #southerncalifornia 22 September 2019

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cyndi

Pretty but eewweee lol

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lovestogarden

I agree @cyndi 😂🙊

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gjones

So beautiful! Shame it has to be so stinky😄 is it the centre part that emits the odor or the petals or both?

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lovestogarden

Katy, I am not sure. I do not smell it that close. It really does smell like a dead animal. 😂🤢 It is very interesting as the petals look like hairy skin. 🤔 @gjones

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lovestogarden

#lastblooms #stapelia-gigantea #succulent #ants #carrionflower #apocynaceae #stapelia #flower #fly #stinky #macro #pollinator #southerncalifornia #california 16 October 2018

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jeatacake

Looks a bit scary in there!

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lovestogarden

@jeatacake 😂 it kind of is. That little white thing is a fly larvae. The ants will come and carry it off. 🤭

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jeatacake

Looks like a spider lurking inside there too, ready to get the fly! 😱

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lovestogarden

The black thing is the center of the flower. ❤️🐜 @jeatacake

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lovestogarden

#lastblooms #stapelia-gigantea #succulent #ants #carrionflower #apocynaceae #stapelia #flower #southerncalifornia #california 16 October 2018

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gjones

Wow it is huge!

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ShelleySnyder

Is this as huge as it looks!?😲💘😍

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high

That's amazing.

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mardel

@lovestogarden One day I hope to be blessed with a beautiful flower like this even if its stinky lol

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lovestogarden

Yep, she is huge. Her full width is 12" from tip to tip. This seems to be the last for a while. With the cooler nights, they stay open longer. @gjones @ShelleySnyder @high

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lovestogarden

@mardel, hopefully it will be next year. 🤞🤭😂

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ShelleySnyder

That is huge Janice!💘😍

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lovestogarden

An exceptionally #stinky #flower today with three flies on it not caring that I am around it. 🤭 #fly #carrionflower #succulent #stapelia #stapelia-gigantea #southerncalifornia #california 12 October 2018

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gjones

Amazing huge flowers!

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lovestogarden

I am glad you are enjoying @gjones, as I really like how many flowers this year. ❤️

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gjones

Since you said this one is exceptionally stinky, would your neighbours be able to smell it?

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lovestogarden

I hope not! @gjones, it grows between their house and mine in between our master bedrooms. I can not smell it inside even when the window is open, so I am guessing they can not....at least they have never asked what the stink is! 😂😂😂❤️

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lovestogarden

Her next bloom. @wilko this is the #Stapelia Gigantia. From side tip to opposite side tip is a bit over 12". @KelsiBriana #fly #ants #succulent #stinky #stapelia-gigantea #stapeliagigantea #southerncalifornia #california 7 October 2018

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cyndi

I swear they look like they escaped the ocean.. So very cool.. Phewy but pretty

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lovestogarden

Yep, @KelsiBriana outside for sure....I scared the other fly off. 🤭😂

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lovestogarden

@cyndi, I agree they do have the apt common name of #starfishflower. ❤️🤭😂🏖️

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gjones

Huge, beautiful and such an interesting flower!

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suerichards

Wow that’s amazing 😮

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juliesgarden

Brilliant...is the smell bad Janice 🤔

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lovestogarden

This flower has pushed through the #sprinkler pipes to give it her best. 😂❤️ Flies still found it. #ifthereisawillthereisaway #stapelia #stapeliaflower #stapelia-gigantea #stapeliagigantea #starfishflower #succulent #southerncalifornia #california 4 October 2018

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ShelleySnyder

Determined!😂💘😍

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gjones

Plants will find a way and sometimes grow in the strangest places!

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mardel

Aww....

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lovestogarden

Today's #stinky #flower. 🤭🤧 ❤️ #stapeliagigantea #stapelia-gigantea #stapelia #starfishflower #succulent #southerncalifornia #california 2 October 2018

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gjones

They look huge! How big are they?

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Annettenoosa

💛🧡

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kimguy

Such a neat bloom!

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lovestogarden

This one was about 8-9" from star tip to tip. I will have to put up a ruler on the next one to open. It is the larger version. ❤️ @gjones

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lovestogarden

❤️ I agree! @Annettenoosa @kimguy @KelsiBriana

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juliesgarden

But fabulous 👌

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mardel

This is so beautiful I never seen this type of flower but then again before I joined @teamgardentags @usgardentags I knew nothing much of anything I am so happy I did and this beauty I must get. Thanks for sharing love

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tracygarden

Howdy, g8 flower does this type emit an unpleasant odor?? Txs 🤢

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lovestogarden

@juliesgarden it is a lovely. 😉❤️

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lovestogarden

@mardel, we have all learned from each other. 👏👏👏 Email me: likes2garden247@gmail.com

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lovestogarden

@tracygarden, this is a definite stinky flower🤭. My sweet Godmother used to pick the buds off and throw them away. 😂 🤭

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lovestogarden

#Stapeliagigantea is a #carrionflower that emits the stench of rotting flesh. The flower's hairy, leathery #texture is believed to mimic the rotting flesh of a dead animal to lure the #fly as it's #pollinator .

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hailstarscream

I thought that was a hairy leg 🤢

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Keely

Very strange 😯

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ShelleySnyder

I'm with@hailstarscream I thought it was a hairy leg, but with heavy veining!!😂😂😂💘😍

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columbiariver

I think this creeps me out a little. Looks too much like skin and rotting flesh isn't a very nice scent. Very interesting tho 💕👋

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ukgardentags

wow. ☺

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deekay

I agree. My thought was some sort of injury or stinging on someones hairy body part 🤣

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lesliecole49

Def creepy, don't think I want one. I thought it was a toxic reaction on someone's arm or leg

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rosegardengirl

Scary, I thought someone's arm and some horrific worm infestation.

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Muzz67

Fab picture ! Im a nurse and thought omg look at that weird injury maybe jellyfish stings lol !!!! 😆😆😆😆😆

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lovestogarden

Sorry to creep you all out! ❤😂😂😂 Pretty funny, though, knowing it is a flower. 😂😂. I see exactly what you all see though. 😱😫 @hailstarscream @Keely @ShelleySnyder @columbiariver @deekay @lesliecole49 @rosegardengirl @Muzz67 😂😂❤❤

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ShelleySnyder

😂😂😂😂😂

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lovestogarden

#stapelia #stapeliagrandiflora #succulent #blooming #flower

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cyndi

Very cool looking blooms and pods

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ShelleySnyder

Love this!!💘😍

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Acetaker

Love it! Could I get some cuttings of this,plz?😁 I'd love trying to grow it. I've been looking for it here and just no luck..lol!

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lovestogarden

Yes. I must warn you though, that if you have to bring it inside while it is blooming, you are going to regret it! 😫😂

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lovestogarden

She is #blooming nicely. No flies today. #succulent #stapelia #starfishcactus #starfishflower

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mariomartins

💚💛

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kimguy

Wow!

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petalsnthorns

That's a very impressive flower! 😍

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lovestogarden

With a drilled hole at bottom. #thriftythursday #succulent #thriftshop

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lesliecole49

That's what I do too

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cazz47

Gorgeous 😍😍👌

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lovestogarden

Another one getting ready to open! I counted a total of ten flowers on this plant!

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lovestogarden

This flower attracts flies instead of bees. It is so intricate in coloring and even the 'fur'. The bud goes a long time before it finally pops open!

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jawjam

Awesomeness

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uaskigyrl

I need one!

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uaskigyrl

#wishlistwednesday this is an interesting succulent that I'm dying to have!

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KariSamuel

@lovestogarden - that is a unique carnivorous plant!

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lovestogarden

@KariSamuel to clarify, this a Succulent, not considered a carnivorous plant. It attracts flies because it smells. Check this out: http://olabrisagardens.com/tropical-gardening-advice/planting-roots-in-mexico/succulents-and-cactus/giant-starfish-flower/

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KariSamuel

Oh my.... @lovestogarden

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lovestogarden

I just measured mine and from left star tip to right star tip is 12"!

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lovestogarden

@hannahchristine this is the one in this family you must have heard about. It is very stinky so it attracts flies, not bees. 😫 But, I must say, it's beauty is worth the flies. 😱

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hannahchristine

@lovestogarden yes thats the one and it is a beauty amongst the flies

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lovestogarden

It opened!

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lovestogarden

Help me identify this plant

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alovealoe

I'm guessing a kind of stapeliad?

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lovestogarden

Thanks, that will get me started.

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lovestogarden

Thank you

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jennilm

I just saw the pics📷 of its beautiful🌟 opening!

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