Adenium Desert Rose

Desert Rose

    Commonly Known As:
  • Adenium Obesum,
  • Sabi Star,
  • Kudu,
  • Impala lily

Adenium obesum, also known as Desert Rose, is a deciduous shrub native to the subtropics of eastern and southern Africa. Popular for its bright flowers ranging from light pink to deep red, the Desert Rose is an easy plant to care for that can add pops of color to your home. When in doubt, treat this plant as a succulent.

  • light

    Display your Desert Rose houseplant in sunny areas near a window, or in a place where it will receive 8 hours of bright artificial light.

  • water

    Allow soil to dry between watering your Adenium. Do not allow standing water in the pot or tray. Succulents hold water and are drought tolerant.

  • temperature

    These houseplants tolerate a range of temperatures from 60⁰F-90⁰F. Keep away your Desert Rose away from air conditioning or heating vents. Do not expose to temperatures below 60⁰F.

  • fertilizer

    Apply a balanced houseplant food to your Desert Rose once every other month at ½ strength during the growing season, spring through summer.

    Plant Facts
  • During the summer months, enjoy the vibrant flowers with green leaves as the plant goes dormant during the winter.

  • The Desert Rose is actually a succulent plant, with the extra thick stems and fleshy leaves to store water and nutrients.

  • Native to Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Difficulty level: Easy

  • All parts of the Desert Rose are considered toxic and should be kept away from pets and children.

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