Carrion plant

Stapelia gettleffii

$ 12.00

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Renowned for having large impressive blooms, Stapelia is a low growing, spineless, clump-forming succulent which comes in a huge variety of different sizes, colours and degrees of hirsuteness—yes, hairiness, because Stapelia petals are curiously furry, like a cat! But that’s not all that’s unusual about this plant. Sometimes described as “starfish flowers” because their flowers are shaped like a five-pointed starfish, Stapelia are also known as “carrion flowers” because of their famously strong scent of rotting meat.

Native to southeastern Botswana, South Africa and southern Zimbabwe, regions without native pollinating honeybees, these plants have adapted to produce flowers that are furry, animal-coloured and scented like carrion in order to attract pollinating flies and ants. Luckily the scent isn’t overpowering and can’t be smelt less than a metre away.

Thriving in well-drained soil in partial sun or indirect light, they love dry but not humid conditions–and take care not to overwater. They produce a long season of flowers and are extremely low maintenance—the ultimate no-fuss flowers. Grow them as conversation starter (what other plants have star shaped, furry and stinky flowers?) or simply to enjoy their unique, ethereal, otherworldly appearance.

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All orders are dispatched every Tuesday via Australia Post and usually arrive between 2-5 business days.

Orders with payment received before Sunday Midnight 11:59 PM  will be processed on Monday and dispatched on Tuesday. Any orders made after this time will miss the batch but will be included in the following Tuesday's dispatch.

Due to quarantine laws Ezy Care Succulents can only post to QLD, NSW, SA, VIC and ACT. We are currently seeking approval to post to WA, TAS and NT, so please join our facebook group to receive updates of when we can ship to you.


All plants are removed from their pots and all soil cleaned away as this is the safest and cleanest way of shipping. Succulents are extremely hardy, and this will not harm your plants but will just appear "dry and thirsty". Easy instructions on how to repot and care for your succulents are included with every order.

By preparing your plants with bare roots helps comply with quarantine regulations and also minimises shipping costs to our customers, making Ezy Care Succulents a very cost-effective way of purchasing your plants.

All orders are packaged with environmentally friendly recycled paper to ensure safe freight and reduce damage to the plant.


Only the healthiest, top quality plants are selected from the Ezy Care Succulents nursery for your order. The size, colour, and shape of your shipment may vary according to the season, or when shipping to colder areas. All succulents are slightly dried prior to packaging and may look different to the photo. Preparation instructions are included in every order which are specific to the plants that you have ordered, and usually only take a few days to recover.

Even though many of our succulents are known for their agricultural and medicinal uses, all the plants at the Ezy Care Succulents nursery are propagated for ornamental purposes only. Please ensure that you have conducted your own thorough research if you intend on consuming these plants, as we recommend against human consumption.