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Orbea Variegata (Starfish Cactus)

Orbea Variegata (Starfish Cactus)

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Orbea variegata, commonly known as Starfish Cactus or Carrion Plant, is a fascinating and unique succulent native to South Africa. It belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts for its unusual appearance and low-maintenance nature.

Orbea variegata is a fascinating succulent that adds a unique touch to succulent gardens and indoor collections. Its star-like stems and distinct flowers make it an intriguing conversation piece, and its low-maintenance requirements make it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced succulent enthusiasts.

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    The actual product may slightly differ from the image shown, as it is indicative. The plant's shape, design, number of leaves, and size depend on seasonal availability.

    Please note that the received product may not precisely match the displayed image due to natural variations in plant growth and availability. Flower/ Petals and some leaves may drop during transport, but new leaves will sprout again within few days. 

    Plant Care: Upon receiving your live plants, it's essential to offer them water promptly to rejuvenate them after their journey. Position the plant in an area with indirect sunlight, allowing it to gradually regain its vitality.

    Repotting Instructions: Once the plant has fully recovered, you may contemplate repotting it in nutrient-rich soil, either within its current decorative pot or a new one. Ensure the selected pot features adequate drainage holes to prevent overwatering, especially if the decorative pot lacks these holes.

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    Plant Care

    Light & Temperature

    • This grow best in full sun; however, too much shade can cause them to lose their bright colour and fade. 
    • The average temperature maintained for them can be between 15 to 28 degrees Celsius.
    • They can thrive in moderate humidity.


    • The plant cannot tolerate clayey or water-clogged soil.
    • The plants require low water for growing and can be watered infrequently throughout the year. Make sure the entire soil mix is dry before you water next. Long spells of drought is okay since the plant is more tolerant to drought than watering. 
    • Too much watering leads to root rot.


    • Use a well-draining, rich Succulent compost soil.
    • Use an organic liquid fertilizer every 3-4 months.
    • The soil should not be clayey and soggy.

    General Tips

    Provide bright, indirect sunlight to Orbea variegata. Avoid exposing it to intense, direct sunlight to prevent sunburn. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Water sparingly, as it is a drought-tolerant plant and is susceptible to root rot from overwatering. Keep Orbea variegata in a warm environment, ideally between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C). Protect it from cold drafts and frost.

    During the active growing season (spring and summer), fertilize with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. Avoid fertilizing in winter.

    Trim as needed to maintain its shape and remove any dead or unhealthy parts. Orbea variegata can be propagated through stem cuttings.

    Watch for common succulent pests like mealybugs and scale insects. Treat infestations promptly using organic insecticides.

    Product Description

    Product Features

    • Appearance: The Starfish Cactus has thick, fleshy stems that grow in a star-like formation, resembling a starfish. The stems are usually mottled with green and white or cream-colored patterns, making it an eye-catching addition to any succulent collection.
    • Flowers: When in bloom, Orbea variegata produces striking and unusual flowers that have a somewhat unpleasant odor, resembling the scent of carrion. These flowers are usually star-shaped and may have reddish-brown or maroon colors, enhancing the plant's distinctive appeal.
    • Growing conditions: This succulent prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some shade. It thrives in well-draining soil, and like most succulents, it requires minimal watering to avoid root rot. It is best to allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
    • Low maintenance: Orbea variegata is relatively easy to care for and is well-suited for indoor environments. It can also be grown outdoors in warm climates with protection from direct sunlight and harsh weather conditions.
    • Propagation: Propagating the Starfish Cactus can be done through stem cuttings, which are relatively simple to root in well-draining soil.
    • Toxicity: While Orbea variegata is not highly toxic, its flowers' unpleasant odor and appearance make it unattractive to pets and children, helping to keep them away from the plant.

    Dimensions & Specifications

    • Size: Orbea variegata is a small to medium-sized succulent. Its mature stems can reach a height of around 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) and a width of approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters). Keep in mind that individual plant sizes may vary depending on growing conditions and care.
    • Stems: The stems of Orbea variegata are thick, fleshy, and often grow in a star-like formation, resembling a starfish. They have unique mottled patterns of green and white or cream-colored variegation.
    • Flowers: When in bloom, Orbea variegata produces star-shaped flowers that can be about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) in diameter. The flowers can have yellow or reddish-brown or maroon colors and are known for their unpleasant carrion-like scent, which attracts pollinators like flies.
    • Light Requirements: Orbea variegata prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some shade. It is essential to protect the plant from intense, direct sunlight to prevent sunburn.
    • Watering: Like most succulents, Orbea variegata is drought-tolerant and prefers infrequent, deep watering. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot.
    • Soil: This succulent requires well-draining soil to prevent waterlogged roots. Using a cactus or succulent mix is recommended.
    • Temperature: Orbea variegata thrives in warm temperatures and is not frost-tolerant. It prefers temperatures between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 28°C).
    • Toxicity: Orbea variegata is not highly toxic, but its flowers emit an unpleasant odor to attract pollinators, making it unattractive to pets and children.

    What's Included

    • A healthy Orbea Variegata (Starfish Cactus) plant (4-5 Stems per plan) (3-4 inch length of plant)
    • 4.5 inch Round Pot ( Randomly selected any color pot from  White/ Red/ Yellow/ Pink/ Black/ Green/ Blue Pot (As shown in the image)
    • Plant Marker x 1
    • Free Delivery - PAN India
    • GST Included

    Shipping & Returns

    • Delivery Period: This product is shipped using our trusted courier partners, and the delivery period is approximately 7 days, depending on the delivery location.
    • Timing of Delivery: Please note that your gift may be delivered prior to or after the requested date of delivery, if any. Different ordered items may be delivered through various delivery partners.
    • Non-Delivery Days: Our delivery partners do not operate on Sundays and National Holidays.
    • Delivery Confirmation: Our delivery partners do not call prior to delivering an order. We recommend providing an address where someone will be present to receive the package.
    • Address Change: Kindly note that the delivery cannot be redirected to any other address after the order has been dispatched.
    • Order Tracking: Once your order is dispatched from our warehouse, you will receive a tracking number to trace your delivery.
    • Plant Care: For live plants, we advise providing water as soon as the plant arrives, as it may get dehydrated during transit. Place the plant in indirect sunlight, and it will gradually regain vitality.
    • Repotting Instructions: After the plant has fully recovered, consider repotting it in nutrient-rich soil, either in its current pot or a new one. Ensure the chosen pot has proper drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.
    • Return Policy: Please note that return of live plants is not allowed. If you have any concerns, kindly share an opening video of package and pictures for consideration of a replacement claim.

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