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PlantFiles: Orbea
Orbea lutea subsp. vaga

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Orbea (ORB-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lutea subsp. vaga

Synonym:Caralluma nebrownii
Synonym:Orbeopsis lutea subsp. vaga
Synonym:Stapelia vaga

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive boomboer On Mar 4, 2011, boomboer from Cape Town
South Africa wrote:

I rooted a small cutting in December 2010 - it tripled in size during the next three summer months (Southern Hemisphere) and flowered in early March 2011. It produces a spray of flowers (10 flowers in this case) that stink to high heaven, so be aware that during flowering - I would not keep this inside the house. The smell and the resulting flies would be intolerable. It has the most pungent odour of the 20 or so species of Stapeliads I keep. It is pollinated by flies of course - definitely no bees, butterflies or birds for this one! The individual flowers are large - 2 to 3 inches across and are a very dark maroon, almost charcoal black in full sunlight. This Orbea appreciates well-draining mineral rich soil with partial sunlight (morning or afternoon) in our climate which reaches 90 F daily in summer. At lower temperatures, full sunlight should be fine. The subspecies vaga occurs naturally in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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