General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 3-4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Goes Dormant

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Common names
  • Kudu Lily
  • Star of Lundi
  • Lundi Star

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Location: My greenhouse/Fair Lawn NJ
Date: November 9. 2022
Location: Conservatory, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
Date: 2017-03-15
Pachypodium saundersii - at least on this specimen, leaves form p
Location: My greenhouse/Fair Lawn NJ
Date: November 8. 2022
Photo by Ursula
Location: Norfolk Botanical Gardens 
Date: March 7 2023
Location: Empangeni,KZN,RSA.
Date: 2022-04-15
Kudu Lily
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: summer 2011
this plant is a frequent bloomer, with pink-rimmed white blooms.
Photo by Reine
Location: Boerne, Texas
Date: October 8th, 2021
Part of “The Life of a Caudiciform” series
Location: Boerne, Texas
Date: October 8th, 2021
Part of “The Life of a Caudiciform” series
Location: US Botanical Gardens, Washingron DC, US
Date: 2017-11-11
Kudu lily (Pachypodium saundersii)
Location: Boerne, Texas
Date: October 8th, 2021
Part of “The Life of a Caudiciform” series
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2015-01-29
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2015-01-29
Location: In our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2013-06-04
Pachypodium saundersii
Photo by tarev
Photo by Reine
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: June 2012
a hint of pink rims this mostly white flower.
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16

photo credit: Phyzome
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2014-12-22
Mostly dormant plant
Location: MOBOT -   St Louis
Date: 2013-02-27
Comments:
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Oct 6, 2017 9:13 PM concerning plant:
    Shrubby caudiciform succulent with a fat body and narrow, spreading, spiny branches. Deciduous leaves appear toward the end of the branches. Can be spectacular in old age. White flowers in late summer/fall tinged with purple/pink. From southern Africa: South Africa, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

    Seasonal growth pattern features a summer growth spurt and winter dormancy, though some leaves may be retained through the winter in mild climates. Water more frequently in summer. Does not like cold (below 45-50°F), wet winters. Potentially a large plant (body to 3 feet wide), and stunted by underpotting. Responds well to pruning. Best growth and form with very strong light (full sun in mild climates). A dwarf version (forma compacta) is available and may be a better fit for container life where space is limiting.

    This species was formerly known as P. lealii ssp. saundersii, and is closely related to P. lealii (from Namibia and Angola), a much larger shrub or tree with a bottle shaped stem and pubescent leaves. P. saundersii is geographically separated from P. lealii by 1000km and it differs from lealii in one interesting respect: the main stem of saundersii usually dies back after a few years, leaving the caudex and lower stems to continue branching.

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