Stapelia gettliffei normally grows in dappled shade under trees. It is best suited to a rocky area where it can not be overgrown by other species. The whitish-pink flower is very hairy.
Stapelia gigantea is a very variable species with the largest flowers in the genus ranging from 100-400 mm in diameter with robust stems that may reach a height of 300 mm. The pungent smell attracts flies, which pollinate the flowers.
Stapelia grandiflora is one of the species with the most robust stems and may reach a height of 300 mm. It prefers dappled shade and a well-drained soil. The flowers are exceptionally large (150 mm in diameter) and is dark purple-brown.
The large widely funnel-shaped flowers of Stapelia leendertziae is brown-red in colour and have a very hairy upper surface. The flowers are unusually large. Plant in dappled shade.