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Huernia hystrix

Porcupine Huernia.  Toad Plant.  2-3" creamy, urn-shaped flowers are banded with maroon.  The flowers are heavily textured and warty inside to the point that they look hairy.  Smells like rotten meat to attract flies as pollinators.

(Apocynaceae) Native to Southern Africa. Hystrix=spiny (like a porcupine).


Light: Part shade.  In nature, it grows under the protection of boulders or nearby shrubs.

Water: Water regularly during the summer, and keep pretty dry during the winter.  Drought tolerant.

Soil: Sharply draining, succulent mix.  Fairly tolerant of less ideal soils.

Fertilizer: Half-strength during the growing season.

Hardiness: Zone 10, although typically grown as a container specimen.

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