Adenium obesum 'Desert Rose'


Native habitat E. Africa specifically Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Spreading succulent bush 6 feet high, with thick, fleshy, twisted base and short branches; deciduous obovate, fleshy leaves glossy dark green with pink midrib, 4 inches long, when young sometimes with minute hairs; numerous showy, 2 inch flowers with spreading petals pinkish edged with carmine or all carmine-rose. Arid-Tropical.

Although the juice of this beautiful plant is caustic to people - it is not deadly.

To winter the Desert Rose - keep dry before cold. May root if kept wet in winter before new growth in spring.

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Use African Violet Fertilizer

To Propagate: Cuttings are easy to root or to cross pollinate to make seed.

Tip: A cats whisker is a very handy tool for this. Insert whisker in the flower of a plant, remove and insert into the next flowering plant. Placing the whisker inside the flower, move it back and forth, plant to plant. A long pod will form 3" to 8" . This pod will split down the center and all the seeds will catch the wind with the hairs on both sides of the seed. To stop this, bind the pod with tape or a rubber band capable of keeping the pod from splitting open.

prices 5 & 10 gallons prices start @ these prices & might go up from there , please call or come by to get the best price.

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun to Partial Shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in Summer, Dry in Winter
Speed of Growth: 
One Year of Growth: 
1-3 inches
Mature Height: 
6 feet
Mature Width: 
3-6 feet
Walk-in Retail Prices
Latin Name: 
Adenium obesum
Common Name: 
Desert Rose


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