Huernia Species, Red Dragon Flower

Huernia schneideriana

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Huernia (hew-ERN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: schneideriana


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Tavares, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Asheville, North Carolina

Albany, Oregon

Millersburg, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 10, 2016, StuKin from Stamford, CT wrote:

One of the all-time easiest plants to grow and propagate. Simply lay a stem on top of damp soil in a pot, press it in gently, and it will root in about 2 to 4 weeks, depending on temperature. Don't over-water! Will tolerate relatively low light. Use a fast-draining soil mix. Likes warm temperatures. Above 55F is best. If it gets cold, it turns to slimy mush. I use this as a decorative ground-cover in large pots with other plants such as Ficus benjamina or Dracaena fragrans in office settings for added interest. Makes a great hanging or pedestal display as it grows both upright and pendulous. When it becomes established new plants are free for the taking.


On Jun 24, 2015, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I inherited my plants from my Aunt and I know she had them for many years on her lanai. In Florida you need to be careful of too much rain, I've had branches rot from too much rain. It can take pretty cold, but I've lost parts from too cold of temperatures also, so I protect if we are going down to freezing temps. Too much sun will burn and dry up the branches, prefers filtered sun or bright shady area. That said it make a nice plant on my porch where it gets bright light, some morning sun and hand watering. I have started one in a hanging pot on my wall from pieces of the mother plant. looks nice hanging too.


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.


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 the... read more


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 .


On Oct 6, 2006, plantladylin from (Zone 1) 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.


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.


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.