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Desert Rose in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Adenium obesum

 

Desert Rose

Adeniums are a group of succulent flowering shrubs and trees which are found in the dogbane family of plants, Apocynaceae. There are currently 6 accepted species, and all are native to parts of tropical Africa, South Africa, or across the Arabian Peninsula. Plants generally have either a ground caudex or a swollen trunk, with thick green succulent like leaves. Some species can grow quite tall. Flowers are usually large and of bright colours. Adenium obesum is a species Adenium. It is an evergreen, or drought-deciduous, succulent shrub with large green leathery leaves and a swollen basal caudex. It is often grown in Bonsai form in containers and the species produces flowers with five petals, which are generally either red or pink in colour with a white throat. In cultvation, breeding has resulted in the development of many hybrids, producing plants with different flower colours, patterns and markings.

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plant Features
  • Desert Rose likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Desert Rose likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Desert Rose is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Desert Rose likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Desert Rose

Latin name

Adenium obesum

type

Flowering shrubs or trees

family

Apocynaceae

ph

5.5 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Desert Rose likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Desert Rose is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Desert Rose likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Desert Rose likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Desert Rose is 1.00meters x 3.00meters 1.00 M 3.00 M

Adenium obesum

Adeniums are a group of succulent flowering shrubs and trees which are found in the dogbane family of plants, Apocynaceae. There are currently 6 accepted species, and all are native to parts of tropical Africa, South Africa, or across the Arabian Peninsula. Plants generally have either a ground caudex or a swollen trunk, with thick green succulent like leaves. Some species can grow quite tall. Flowers are usually large and of bright colours. Adenium obesum is a species Adenium. It is an evergreen, or drought-deciduous, succulent shrub with large green leathery leaves and a swollen basal caudex. It is often grown in Bonsai form in containers and the species produces flowers with five petals, which are generally either red or pink in colour with a white throat. In cultvation, breeding has resulted in the development of many hybrids, producing plants with different flower colours, patterns and markings.


Flowering Season

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Providing Adeniums are given the right growing conditions, they will generally flower in the spring.

 

Planting Or Putting It Outside

From Late Spring TO Late Summer

In warmer climates, Adeniums can be planted out in full sun - providing temperatures are in excess of 40F. Ensure you water regularly, especially if grown in a container or pot. Container grown plants often need watering daily in hot weather. It is advisable to ensure plants acclimatise to brighter sun gradually if they have been grown indoors for a while to ensure leaves are not immediately scorched. This can be done by increasing the number of hours in the sun gradually over a two week period.

 
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