Kudu Lily (Pachypodium saundersii) in the Pachypodiums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 2-4 ft.
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Thorned
Goes Dormant


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Oct 6, 2017 9:13 PM

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 South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, 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 form with very strong light (full sun in mild climates).

Formerly known as P. lealii saundersii, and closely related to P. lealii (from Namibia and Angola), a larger shrub or tree with a bottle shaped stem and pubescent leaves.

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