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PlantFiles: Red Dragon Flower, Heurnia
Huernia schneideriana

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Huernia (hew-ERN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: schneideriana

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

43 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Nefitara On Aug 28, 2012, Nefitara from Port Richey, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows well in central Fl. on the Gulf side! Easy to take care of.

Positive HilltopPooh On Oct 10, 2011, HilltopPooh from Tacoma, WA wrote:

I love this plant, at least, I think the one that I have is this one, mine has a more 'burgundy' colored flower, very deep, but from all the pictures I've found on the Huernia plants, and mine appears to be, this is the closest I could find. It's so easy to grow indoors. Most of the people I see here are from southern states, so I'm not sure if people realize what a great house plant this makes. One of my favorite things to do is to get it to grow in different 'settings', some of mine drape over the pot and hang, some I've allowed to form a puzzle-type ball, some I've moved 'under' the window, so they grow up instead of 'out' and 'down'. It's so forgiving and wonderful! When it grows what I call 'babies' I create other plants from them by 'diapering' them with a moist napkin, when they form roots, I share them with neighbors, etc. It's a great plant for a kid to have as a 'first plant' because it's so forgiving. I would love to get some of the other varieties, but none of the plant stores in this area (Tacoma WA) seem to be able to get them in.

Positive IRFAN_LODHI On May 21, 2008, IRFAN_LODHI from faisalabad
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

i found this plant is a suitable succulent for our climate . i get two
piecees of this plant last year and sow into simple soil in a deep pot
and watering it regularly not over water and in spring its multiplied .
it is a stemless plant it is multiplying from roots .no spine on plant .
it is a spreading succulent .i provide it shade and not direct sun light it is a careless plant .

Positive plantladylin On Oct 6, 2006, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Love this plant, very easy to grow. I've had this plant for more than 20 years ... planted in regular old potting soil! Very easy to root the little "arms" as I like to call them. Will put out roots wherever it touches soil! I grow it as a houseplant inside, in baskets in my screen room and also in the ground. It likes bright light, but no direct sun.

Positive Kauai17 On Feb 17, 2005, Kauai17 from Leander, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this succulent. You will always find me rubbing it between my hands. It looks spiky but it is super soft. The blooms are too cute as well. Very easy to take care of and it multiplies quickly.

Positive WillowWasp On Aug 10, 2004, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I started off with a small 6 inch section of this plant that I placed in a hanging basket. This was in the fall of 2003 by the fall of 2004 it had filled the 8 in hanging basket and had started to set blooms.......
I really like it and would recommend it to others as an easy grower.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler Heights, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Woodcrest, California
Bartow, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bradley, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Naples, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Asheville, North Carolina
Albany, Oregon
Columbia, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Houston, Texas
Katy, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Plano, Texas
Portland, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Mukilteo, Washington
Tacoma, Washington

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