Adenium somalense


The Adenium somalense is indigenous to Somalia, Africa. Although this succulent is larger than the Adenium obesum 'Desert Rose,' it has slightly smaller, white and pink flowers. Flowers are typically produced along the main stem. Like the Adenium obesum, the Adenium somalense has a swollen stem with fleshy, green leaves.

During cold snaps/winter months, keep the Adenium somalense as dry as possible before temperatures drop. For fertilizer, we recommend the use of African Violet fertilizer.

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

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
White, pink
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun to partial shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer, dry in winter
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
Mature Width: 
4 ft
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Latin Name: 
Adenium somalense
Common Name: 
Mock Azalea

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