A new bloom appeared on our library porch this week.
Stepelia gigantea or Starfish cactus finally bloomed.
The bud has been growing since early September and I thought it would never open.
Maxine Plum gave me this plant. This is the same Maxine who has given me other plants throughout the years.
Another common name for Stepelia gigantea is Carrion flower. There is a good reason for that. If you look closely into the elaborate center of the bloom this is what you see . . . Yes, those are flies. By-the-way, while you are looking closely you should be holding your nose because you'll be smelling the same thing the flies are smelling - rotten meat!
But is you have been smart enough to keep it outside then it isn't so bad. I have chosen to write on the front porch this week instead of on the library porch. I will stand back and safely admire the beauty of Stepelia gigantea.
The weather is supposed to get down to freezing again this week. I am hoping not while the flower lasts because that is one flower that will NOT accompany the plant inside.