Adenium obesum: Desert Rose

Adenium obesum also known as Desert Rose, Impala Lily or ‘Fat Plant’ is an unusual shrub growing to around 3 feet/1 m in height and width. The ‘obesum’ name refers to the thick swollen trunk base. They have succulent like trunk and branches, with leaves and flowers appearing at the end of the branches. They are sparsely branching and are fairly slow growing.


The flowers are trumpet shaped and about 2 inches/5 cm in diameter. The flowers mostly bright red-pink-white and appear all year round in the tropics. The leaves are glossy green. The Desert Rose looks good in a rockery, and makes an excellent pot plant. It could be flowering more whe it is kept dwarfed. It makes a very good bonsai specimen.


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