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Desert Rose

Adenium spp.

Also known as

impala lily, Sabie Star, kudu Lily, Impalalelie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Adeium multiflorum

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

Cuttings

In summer, root cuttings from non-flowering shoots.

Seed

Grafting

Named cultivars are propagated by grafting.

Special features of Desert Rose

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Pot plant

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.