Basic Info

Hoodia Pilifera is an easy to grow cacti that is ideal for most type of growers. The plant is appealing because of its unique combination of red flowers that open up all around the plants stem and the light brown to red thorns that cover the green stem. When the plant matures expect it to reach up to 80 cm (32″) tall and around 6 cm (2.4″) in diameter. The plant will flower during the summer period.

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Stapeliae
Genus: Hoodia

Care and Propagation Information


Hoodia Pilifera can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care of. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your succulent plant healthy.

It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Hoodia Pilifera

This succulent type is a unique one that blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy red small flowers.

It is a nice addition to your collection of plants especially if you have it displayed in a beautiful pot.

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Hoodia Pilifera

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Hoodia Pilifera

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Where to Plant


Hoodia Pilifera succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 11a-11b which is around +4.4°C (40°F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant the succulent in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

When selecting what pot to use be sure that you understand the difference between the material used (See our guide on how to pick the best plant pot).

How to Propagate Hoodia Pilifera


The succulent can be propagated by offsets, beheadings and seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often.

Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store. You can learn all about How To Repot Succulents in our guide.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Hoodia Pilifera By Beheadings

You can cut off the head of the succulent using clean scissors. Leave a few inches to the base to stay on the safe side. There should be enough stem on the cutting. Before replanting, wait for a few days so cutting and the base can dry. When the cutting is calloused, replant it. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How to Propagate Hoodia Pilifera From Offsets

The succulent propagates from offsets. To be able to propagate from the mother plant, you might wait several years for the main plant to produce an offset.

To start this process, use a sharp knife and remove an offset from the main plant. When you remove the offset, clean the extra soil from it.

Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How to Propagate Hoodia Pilifera Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended.

To better understand this method have a look at our guide on How To Grow Succulents From Seeds. So, to propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture.

This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Hoodia Pilifera is native to South Africa but mostly around Eastern Cape.

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