Dorstenia gigas

Family: Moraceae (mor-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dorstenia (dor-STEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: gigas (JY-gas) (Info)


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Hayward, California

Bartow, Florida

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2013, mike178792 from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA wrote:

I just purchased a Dorstenia gigas.. I had noticed a few of the leaves are curling up -- An idea what does this mean?

Thank you


On Dec 9, 2011, youngbotanist from Houston, TX wrote:

Very cool plant pretty easy to grow.I have been growing it in morning sun has done well. When I put it in full sun the leaves would turn dark brown but were not burning. It Can take it in the mid 30s in houston


On Oct 7, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

update: The in ground was for a short period. The spot didnt have enough winter sun,and D.gigas quickly began to rot. Since then its been repotted and made a nice comeback.
Just night and day between how hardy its been in a pot and in ground. Touchy.

EDIT:After seeing this plant take everything thrown at it since 2004-except for a few winter days in 07- I have planted mine now in 2009. D.gigas might be rare,or expensive,or hard to propagate,but its an easy plant to grow outdoors in Z10b,10a,POSSIBLY 9b in those special inland soucal areas where a dip to below freezing is followed by 70f in winter.
Plant in a fast draining loose mix as D.gigas has a fine network of roots. In habitat it's spongelike root system must be greater than say a Ficus like brute stren... read more


On Apr 24, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a massive caudiciform plant native to an island off northern Africa (Socotra)... develops a fat trunk up to 2' in diameter in nature, but usually kept as a potted bonsai in the US and rarely gets even close to that size. Usually loses its leaves in winter when it should be kept really dry... water once leaves start coming back. Has weird, firm green flowers that are relatively small for a Dorstenia.