Star Fish Plant

Orbea variegata

$ 6.50


A soft stemmed succulent which over time forms big clumps. Sprawling, clustering stems are long, toothed, and coloured apple green to grey-green. If grown in the sun, stems are mottled with purple. Flowers are large and starfish shaped, greenish-yellow and patterned with chocolate, purple or bronze blotches. Petals are lined with clubshaped hairs that flutter in the breeze.

This is an easy plant to grow and is free flowering if planted in direct sun. Takes a position of light shade to full sun but also tolerates shade well. If you grow it indoors, give as much light as possible and good ventilation. Likes to be watered regularly in its growing season but kept dry over winter.

Native to South Africa, this is an attractive, interesting plant in the Milkweed genus, and the most common in cultivation. It is a highly variable species, and no two plants will look the same. It also has the tendency to hybridise with other Orbeas and Stapelias, leading to some confusion, and is sometimes still called its earlier name, Stapelia Variegata. One difference from Stapelias is its famous carrion scent (which attracts pollinators) is not as heavy as with Stapelias. Common names include: Carrion cactus, Toad Cactus, Toad Plant, Starfish Cactus, Starfish Plant.

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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.