A picture of a Impala Lily

Impala Lily

Adenium multiflorum

Also known as

Sabie Star, Kudu Lily, Sabi Lily, Impalalelie, Impala Lelie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Light watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

2m

50cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Fruits of A. multiflora
Growing in Kruger Park

Impala Lily Overview

The Impala lily is a deciduous succulent shrub, admired for its fleshy, swollen trunk and striking pink-and-white bicoloured flowers. Flowering time is usually from late autumn to early spring, after all the leaves have dropped. The Impala lily is frost tender and is limited to growing in the warm, dry areas in South Africa and up towards central and East Africa. It is remarkably drought-tolerant and features beautifully in a rock garden alongside other succulents like aloes, euphorbias and crassulas. For your Impala lily to flourish it needs full sun and well-draining soil as the fleshy stem and roots are prone to rotting. Be sure to stop watering during the winter season. Adenium multiflorum can easily be propagated by cuttings during the warmer months; cuttings can be placed in sandy soil and given very small amounts of water. Broken stems exude a milky sap that could irritate the skin and cause discomfort if ingested, so take absolute care when taking cuttings or handling this plant. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Impala Lily

How to propagate Impala Lily

Cuttings

Root cuttings in a wet sandy soil at 30°C.

Seed

In its natural environment, seeds spread in the wind and will germinate within a week. Treat with fungicide to reduce loss.

Special features of Impala Lily

Indoor plant

Plant in pots in frost areas to move out of danger.

Attractive flowers

Striking 5 petal bi-colored flowers on bare succulent stems.

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Attracts birds

Other uses of Impala Lily

Medicinal

Often used in traditional medicine.