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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday Vignette

I was outside this morning looking over my potted plants on the front porch, wondering if anything might want some water in anticipation of the coming extreme heat this afternoon (and during the next few days, when we might hit triple digits), when I realized that one of my Stapeliads is blooming! I've begged bits and pieces of these interesting little plants from friends down in the Portland area, and finally this one, Huernia zebrina, aka Lifesaver Plant, is flowering.

The flower is so small, I almost missed it!

Isn't it just the strangest flower?

I can see why it's called lifesaver plant, it looks like a Lifesaver candy. Unlike some Stapeliad flowers, it has no smell of carrion.

This series of flower shots is my Wednesday Vignette post for this week. Anna at Flutter & Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette, check out her post here.


  1. What a cool bloom and really nice that it doesn't smell of carrion!

  2. How fun! Weird and interesting and wonderful!

  3. It's pretty cute! I have a Stapeliad with a somewhat larger starfish flower. It hasn't bloomed this year but, when it did, I had to get my nose right in there to catch a whiff of any kind but it did attract flies as the flower aged.

  4. Those flowers are so cool! I didn't know they were called 'Lifesaver plant' but that makes TOTAL sense!

  5. Stapelia flowers are so unusual. I had a collection of them back in the day and they wreaked of rotten meat. This little guy very high on the cute-meter, it almost look fake.

  6. What a crazy looking little flower. Thanks for sharing.


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