Also known as
impala lily, Sabie Star, kudu Lily, Impalalelie (Afr.)
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Desert Rose Overview
Native to Western Asia and from East to South West Africa, this small genus of perennial succulent species, make good houseplants. The irregular, spineless branches have glossy leaves and bear rich red or pink flowers. They have fleshy, water-holding, irregular-shaped trunks. They must be kept above 15ºC as they are frost tender. They can exude a milky sap that should be avoided as it can irritate the skin and is toxic if ingested.
Common problems with Desert Rose
How to propagate Desert Rose
In summer, root cuttings from non-flowering shoots.
Named cultivars are propagated by grafting.
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Other uses of Desert Rose
Grown for their habit and brightly coloured flowers. The sap of some species is used as an arrow poison in large game hunting in Africa. Grown mainly as house plants in temperate zones, and also used for bonzai.