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Desert Rose Adenium obesum

Phonetic Spelling
a-DEN-ee-um oh-BE-sum
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Desert Rose is a succulent plant native to dry desert regions of Africa, Asia, and Tanzania.  It is often used as a houseplant. From the bulbous, often twisted base, thick succulent gray-green branching stems with few leaves appear. In the summer bell-shaped flowers are red to shades of pink. The leaves can be green to variegated.

Grow this plant in full sun in potting soil appropriate for cacti and succulents in a pot with several drainage holes. Allow the plant to dry between waterings but water during growing periods. Provide with fertilizer in spring to encourage blooming. Bring this plant indoors when outside temperatures reach 55 F and decrease water while dormant. Desert Rose is also used in bonsai.

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#showy flowers#houseplant#drought tolerant#container plant#succulent#pink flowers#red flowers#bonsai#interiorscape#winter interest#summer flowers#dry soils tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#houseplant#drought tolerant#container plant#succulent#pink flowers#red flowers#bonsai#interiorscape#winter interest#summer flowers#dry soils tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Adenium
    Species:
    obesum
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Tanzania
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 9 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Succulent
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    11b, 11a, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    2 inch across red to shades of pink bell-shaped flowers have white throats, 5 petals and 5 protruding stamens. Generally bloom in summer as a houseplant but may occasionally repeat.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-4 inch long leathery, fleshy, ovate, gray-green leaves appear at the stem tips in whorls.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Thick fleshy gray-green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, depression, irregular heartbeat, death
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Cardiac glycosides
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Leaves