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Desert Rose
Scientific Name: Adenium obesum (Forssk.) Roem. & Schult.
Family: Apocynaceae
Desert Rose (Adenium  obesum)
Adenium hybrid
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 23-24
USDA: 11-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 34F (1C). Extended periods below 40F (4C) might kill some of the branch tips.

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 55F (12C)

Heat Tolerance: Excellent

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern Africa to southern Arabia

Growth Habits: Shrub to 5 feet tall (1.5 m)

Watering Needs: Water when growing, keep on the dry side in winter, needs perfect drainage, very rot prone

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds

The desert rose produce a massive stem when growing older, but will start blooming when quite young, at only 6 inches tall (15 cm). It makes a nice Bonsai. As the related Oleander, its sap is poisonous.

Adenium arabicum at Berridge's Nursery in Phoenix

Desert Rose (Adenium  obesum)

Cultural Practices:
Leaves normally fall in winter. It is a sign to keep the soil mixture on the dry side at or around 50F (10C).

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:

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