The Main Plant entry for Pachypodiums (Pachypodium)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Goes Dormant


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Jun 15, 2017 10:28 AM

This genus of caudiciform succulents, native to southern Africa and Madagascar, includes trees (lamerei, geayi, decaryi, rutenbergianum), shrubs (saundersii), low-growing plants (brevicaule, eburneum), and geophytes (suculentum, bispinosum), plus sub-shrubs. Flowers are usually white or yellow (rarely red or purplish) and fruit is a two-horned pod which breaks open when ripe to release seeds with dandelion-like parachutes. These plants prefer excellent drainage, abundant water in summer during the active growth season (except namaquanum which typically is more of a winter grower), and lots of sun. Water much less often during dormancy or when plants are losing their leaves. Risk of rot due to overwatering at this time. Most species are not frost tolerant. Plants in marginal climates will be particularly sensitive to excess moisture during winter.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Please help identify by Green7humbs Jan 26, 2020 1:56 PM 15
Random photos from Anna Maria Island, FL by Gina1960 Jan 22, 2020 6:26 AM 10
Need help to ID.. lonely Pachypodium seedling. by Chintor69 Jan 17, 2020 3:55 PM 7
Learning about plants by K850p Jan 17, 2020 7:27 AM 9
Plant rest cycle. by Hallow Jan 6, 2020 1:12 PM 13
Cacti/succulent species growing in ground by skopjecollection Dec 15, 2019 12:26 PM 4
Need help identiry these "trees"? by vbx714 Dec 1, 2019 11:16 PM 2
In for the Winter: Are you Wintering Your Houseplants? by LadyChilli Dec 18, 2019 6:37 PM 21
Interesting article on dormant period necessary for succulents or not. by GardenGems Nov 23, 2019 7:48 PM 7
My 20" Pachypodium Lamerei is dying two weeks after purchase - help! by routinespecific Oct 1, 2019 2:13 PM 3

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