If you like LARGE flowers, you will love the flowers of Stapelia gigantea. If you like FRAGRANT flowers, you will NOT like Stapelia gigantea. Here we have a succulent plant with large flowers, that resemble, and smell like, the decaying carcass of a dead animal. Why?
The answer lies in the type of insect that pollinates Stapelia gigantea. Perhaps you have already guessed, the pollinators are flies. Indeed, if you have a flowering Stapelia gigantea, you will find a constant stream of flies coming to the flowers, and the flowers themselves inhabited by fly maggots.
If you have space, a lot of sun, and warm temperatures, Stapelia gigantea is easy to grow. Provide plenty of water during the spring and summer growing period, and keep drier and warm over the winter. If you have Stapelia gigantea and it has never flowered for you, you are probably not providing enough sun.
Stapelia gigantea is native to large areas of south-central and south-eastern Africa.