Adenium obesum exhibit floral presentations in shades of red, white, pink, and yellow. Flowers average 2–3 inches in diameter and may be single, double, or triple configuration and may also be multi colored. This succulent has glossy, attractive foliage and striking blooms, but the almost charming exaggerated trunks are a uniquel attraction of this plant for many gardeners.
As the desert rose is a slow-growing plant, pruning is not required. It has a bonsai appearance and growth habit. You can often find multi color bloom varieties, as well as those with double or triple flowers or that have variegated foliage. Adenium originates from the dry climates in sub-Saharan Africa.
Desert rose is a sun loving plant, it should be grown in one of the brightest spot you have for normal growth and optimal flowering. You can fertilize desert rose in spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer. This plant, additionally, tolerates low-water conditions so water regularly but do not allow soil to become waterlogged. During colder seasons, withhold water and let the plant rest for 3–4 months. The leaves and flowers will drop, but that is part of their natural cycle and will recover.
|Hardiness Zone||10 - 12|
Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is a member of the Dogbane (Apocynaceae) family, which also includes oleander and plumeria. It’s native to south and east Africa and parts of the Arabian peninsula. This plant is a succulent, which means it has thickened stems that retain water during drought periods. The blooms of the Desert Rose emerge in the summer months when the plant receives enough water and sun.