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Desert Rose

Adenium obesum

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Partial Shade
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Desert Rose
A photo of Desert Rose
A photo of Desert Rose
A photo of Desert Rose
A photo of Desert Rose

Overview

Adenium obesum is commonly known by the name Desert Rose. It is a shrubby, succulent perennial from the Apocynaceae family. It forms a swollen, succulent stem, termed a caudex. This structure tapers with height, branching at the top, which is where the large, showy flowers form. Large, showy flowers may be red, pink or white and they open before the leaves, which are long and oval in shape. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems

Propagation

Cuttings

Seed

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves