Carraluma hesperidum aka Carrion plant is a unique succulent with spiney protuberances that are light green or greyish with reddish brown spots and grow by spreading in clumps. These plants are slow growing and usually start to die off from the middle outwards. Taking cuttings from the parent is encouraged so you can continue to grow. The flowers of the Caralluma are deep burgundy and look like starfish.
Caralluma hesperidum is a succulent native to moroccan dry regions, from the coast to the deep inland.
Caralluma hesperidum grows best in bright indirect light but can take full direct sun or light shade. The plants stems will tend to bronze and are likely to suffer from sun scorch or stunted growth if exposed to afternoon direct sun in the summer months. Exposure to bright light will help encourage blooms.
Water when dry during the hot summer months. During the winter months, water lightly if the temperature is warm and dry indoors. Preferable not to water on overcast days, humid days or cold winter days. Inconsistent watering, either excessive or very scarce can induce rot. In winter, they may shrivel quite alarmingly. A fine mist spray with warm water on a sunny day helps with this, but do it early morning so the plant stems have a chance to dry.
Propagate by stem cuttings taken in the summer months. Cuttings require hot temperatures in order to root. Allow cutting to callus for a couple of weeks and then plant. Cuttings must be kept very dry to root. Fertilize: Feed once a month in the summer with a high potassium fertilizer.
Approx. 4" tall and .5" at the widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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