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Stapelia hirsuta var. hirsuta has a wide distribution from Namaqualand southwards to the Western Cape and from there eastwards to the Little Karoo as well as the southern perimeter of the Great Karoo.

The stems are quadrangular and erect and similar to many others in the genus. The showy flowers are highly variable throughout the distribution range.

The cultivation of Stapelia hirsuta var. hirsuta is easy and similar to Stapelia in general. Good drainage is essential to prevent rot.

Propagation is from seed or cuttings.

 Stapelia hirsuta var. hirsutaStapelia hirsuta var. hirsuta flower.

 Stapelia hirsuta var. hirsutaA plant from the Caledon district.