Thursday, May 16, 2013

Look What I Found in a Garden Pot Today.

A little walk around the garden this morning to see how everything is looking now after having some good rain I discovered this in a pot. At first I thought it was a flower that had fallen off another plant and landed in the pot which contained a succulent that had never flowered before to my knowledge.
On closer examination I found the flower attached to the plant and as I got closer to observe the flower I noticed a very strong odour, emanating from the Flower. Not at all pleasant smelling, in fact it smelt like strong manure. I then decided to take a few photos of this exotic new discovery and Google what it might be.

It turned out to be a Carrion Flower Also Called a Stapelia Flower. This is the information I found about it after I searched the net.

" Plants in the genus Stapelia are also called "carrion flowers". They are small, spineless, cactus-like succulent plants. Most species are native to South Africa, and are grown as potted plants elsewhere. The flowers of all species are hairy to varying degrees and generate the odor of rotten flesh. The color of the flowers also mimics rotting meat. This attracts scavenging flies, for pollination. The flowers in some species can be very large, notably Stapelia gigantea can reach 30 cm (12 inches) in diameter."

Amazing information about a Plant that on first look seemed unusually beautiful however on further reading I am not so sure that it would have wide appeal.

The hairy, oddly textured and coloured appearance of many Stapelia flowers has been claimed to resemble that of rotting meat, and this, coupled with their odour, has earned the most commonly grown members of the Stapelia genus the common name of "carrion flowers".
A handful of species are commonly cultivated as pot plants and are even used as rockery plants in countries where the climate permits. Stapelia are good container plants and can grow well under full sun and light to moderate watering. They should be planted in well-drained compost as the stems are prone to rotting if kept moist for long."
Have you something unusual growing in your garden?
Cheers From Milli.