Desert rose, Adenium obesum

Adenium obesum

Desert rose

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Adenium obesum
  • Common name: Desert rose
  • Family: Apocynaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, Conservatory, House plant, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

The desert rose, Adenium obesum, is a shrubby succulent with glossy green leaves and red-pink flowers. It has a widespread native distribution in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, so in the UK it needs to be grown under glass all year. It’s a popular choice for bonsai, in part owing to the swollen caudex, which stores water.

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For best results, grow Adenium obesum under glass all year, in a container with well-drained soil, with added sharp sand to boost drainage. Grow in full sun, but provide with a bit of shade from the hottest summer sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Adenium obesum

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Adenium obesum and wildlife

Adenium obesum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Adenium obesum poisonous?

Adenium obesum can be toxic. Its sap is toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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