Stapelia gigantea - Starfish Flower, Stapelia cyclista, Stapelia marlothii, Stapelia meintjesii, Stapelia nobilis, Stapelia tarantuloides, Stapelia youngii Stapelia gigantea is a clump-forming succulent with fat, green, erect, deeply ribbed stems, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 1.2 inches (3 cm) thick. The flowers are large, star-shaped 5-petalled, up to 14 inches (35 cm) in diameter, pale yellow in color, with transverse crimson lines variable in color and covered with purplish or crimson hairs.
Several species are fairly easy to grow and Stapelia (Orbea) variegata is a well known cottage windowsill plant. Others, often those with slightly hairy stems and the more unusual flowers, are more challenging and require careful watering (with some fertilizer) during the growing season and complete withdrawal of water during the winter months. A minimum winter temperature of 10°C (50°CF) is acceptable, providing that plants are kept absolutely dry. A heated growing bench or incubator may help delicate plants to get through the colder months. However, many species live under shrubs in habitat and prefer light shade rather than full sun.