Desert Rose in bloom

This is one of my all-time favourite plants.  It sits quietly in the garden all year round and then shoots out these spectacular flowers in June/July.  It is a member of the succulent family (Adenium obesum), is very easy to grow and requires little to no attention.  In the wild it can grow up to six feet and develops a thick, fleshy trunk.

Desert Rose in bloom

Desert Rose in bloom

Spectacular!

Spectacular!

A rose by any other name ...

A rose by any other name ...

4 Responses to Desert Rose in bloom

  1. khabab August 14, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    Great pics. In my zone 10, this plant blooms in intense heat of 100F from may to september. Mine is in 7 inches pot and seems to be a dwarf variety.

  2. Smile August 17, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    Hi Khabab. Thanks for the comment. I think yours is a normal variety but probably just grows to the size of the container. Do you have any photographs of it?

    p.s. your blog is great. those waterlilies are beautiful!

  3. feerie September 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi. I am sooking for some seeds or a cutting of the desert rose. If some one could help me please.

    Thank you
    Thea

  4. Smile September 16, 2009 at 6:39 am #

    Hi Thea. Where are you based? The Tropical Nursery in Sherwood, Durban has these in stock.

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