Huernia

 

There are over 60 species of Huernia in eastern and southern Africa. They form low clumps of erect multi angled spiny stems branching from the base.

The Huernias are usually easy to grow. They should be kept relatively dry in winter, and can then be kept at 50F (10C). Use a gritty, fast draining soil, and let it get quite dry before watering. Huernia should not be exposed to direct sun that make them turn brown, and stop your growth. They prefer a bright shade. They are sensitive to mealy bugs, and should be checked regularly.

Propagation is easy by stem cuttings. If laid down on soil, they will grow roots.

The 1-inch wide flowers (2.5 cm) are pollinated by flies, but have less or none of the characteristic carrion smell of other related asclepiads. These flowers have red, yellow, and brown in them in a pattern characteristic of the species. They form in liberally at the tip of the stems. They are self-sterile and flowers from several clones are needed to produce viable seeds.

Species and varieties
Huernia boleana
Huernia schneiderana
Huernia verekeri

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