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PlantFiles: Orbea
Orbea caudata

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Orbea (ORB-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: caudata (kaw-DAH-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Caralluma caudata var. fusca
Synonym:Caralluma longecornuta
Synonym:Orbea caudata subsp. caudata
Synonym:Caralluma caudata
Synonym:Orbeopsis caudata

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive podster On Sep 26, 2010, podster from Deep East Texas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

After four years, this slow grower has surprised me with a cluster of flowers. The blooms are delicate and beautiful but the fragrance smells like rotting meat.
I hesitate to add this plant in the zipcode report as growing in this area as it is tender and does requires winter protection.


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

Waterville, Maine

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