Family: Apocynaceae | Genus: ADENIUM obesum
type : Shrubs, Succulents
sun exposure : Full Sun, Filtered Light
water : Regular Water
planting zones : TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
Plant Details

Called desert rose or desert azalea in its native tropical eastern Africa, this odd-looking plant has twisted trunks that emerge from a bulbous, swollen root- stock resembling a giant onion. Leafless for long stretches during dry periods, it redeems itself periodically throughout the growing season with gray-green, 4 inches-long leaves and clusters of deep pink, red, or white, saucer- shaped, 2 inches flowers.

Desert rose will grow outdoors in south Florida and the southernmost parts of Texas, sometimes reaching 9 feet tallbut it remains primarily a collector's plant, typically topping out at about 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Because it won't tolerate frost or take less-than-perfect drainage, it's best grown in a pot and moved to a bright, heated room for the winter.

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