How to Grow Huernia

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Huernia is a genus of dwarf succulents whose freely branches angled stems that are toothed or notched. Plants grow slowly to about 4 inches high in clusters.

Huernia bears tubular or cup-shaped to shallowly saucer-shaped , warty, fleshy flowers that are diversely colored–reddish, greenish-yellow, brownish, or purple; flowers are often colored, dotted, or striped. Flowers also can be foul-smelling.

Huernia is a genus of about 70 species of low-growing perennial succulents. Hernia are native from South Africa to Ethiopia.

Get to know Huernia

  • Plant type: Succulent in the Milkweed Family
  • Hardiness temperature: 35℉ (1.7℃)
  • Shape and size: Large clumps of short, angled fleshy stens that are freely branched; leaves are scale-like
  • Flowers: Tubular or cup-shaped to shallow saucer-shaped, warty, fleshy, 5-pointed lobed flowers are borne on short-stalked umbles
  • Bloom time: Summer to early autumn
  • Common name: Hernia
  • Genus name: Huernia
  • Family name: Asclepiadaceae
  • Origin: South Africa to Ethiopia
Huernia schneideriana
Huernia schneideriana

Planting Huernia

  • Grow Huernia in bight filtered or indirect light.
  • Grow Huernia in standard cactus potting mix with added leaf mold.
  • Grow Huernia in poor to moderately fertile soil outdoors.

How to water and feed Huernia

  • Water Huernia moderatley during the growing season; keep Huernia almost dry in winter.
  • Apply a half-strength, low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer monthly during the growing season.

Huernia care

  • Protect Huernia from excessive winter moisture.

Huernia species to grow

  • Huernia confusa (lifesaver plant). Species grows to 4 inches high; glossy, yellow and marron flower is star-shaped.
  • H. pillansii. Red-marked yellowish blossoms.
  • H. schneideriana. Velvet-like blossoms, brownish on the outside, black on the inside with a pink border.
  • H. zebrina (zebra flower, owl’s eyes). Short, 5-angled grayish greems stem with thick, conical teeth; bear yellow flowers tingled with red.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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