Desert Rose

Adenium obesum

  • Family name: Apocynaceae
  • Origin: Sub-Saharan regions in Africa
  • Height: 2’- 3’
  • Swollen succulent trunk, vibrant floral displays in shades of red, white, pink, and yellow. Flowers average 2”– 3” in diameter and may be single, double, triple requiring high light, 6 hours or more per day, to maintain flowering during the summer
  • Likes to grow in a container
  • Outdoor year-round planting, okay for USDA Hardiness Zone 10B–12, prefers hot, tropical temperatures of 75°F–95°F, chill tolerant (55°F–35°F) but leaf yellowing and leaf drop may occur, not freeze tolerant
  • Prefers well drained soil, irrigate regularly with good drainage, drought tolerant and some salt tolerance
  • Apply a well-balanced, slow-release pelletized fertilizer according to manufacturer recommendations during the summer
  • May be subject to mites and aphids
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Desert Rose