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Pachypodium spp.

Also known as

Kudu Lily, Bergkambroo, Bobbejaankambroo, Bobbejaankos, Ystervarkkambroo, Halfmens, Koedoelelie (Afr.)

Pachypodium lamerei (2) by English Wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Pachypodium Overview

Pachypodium is a genus containing 20 species of caudiciform succulents, of which 5 are indigenous to Africa and the rest to Madagascar. The trunks rarely branch, but they often have bizarre forms. The long, narrow leaves grow only at the top of the trunk, like a palm tree, and at the base of every leaf is a hard rigid spike. Combined with milky sap this makes a poisonous combination - especially to curious children. One species, Pachypodium lamerei is a popular choice for growing indoors as houseplants, it is commonly known as Madagascar Palm.

Common problems with Pachypodium

Susceptible to aphids while in flower

How to harvest Pachypodium

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Pachypodium



Special features of Pachypodium

Pot plant

Cactus potting mix provide fast drainage or use 2 parts all-purpose potting mix with 1 part sharp sand or perlite. Leca is special succulent rocks with nutrients and works well added to pots too!

Indoor plant

P. lamerei can grow indoors and with plenty of direct sunlight will flower too.

Drought resistant

Specialised thick trunk stores water, termed caudiciform. All Pachipodiums are succulent and can survive with little water.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves