General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: Up to 8 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: Up to 3 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Red
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Summer
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Caudex
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Other: Cuttings will root, but will rarely form a caudex
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Desert Rose
  • 'Udayn
  • Impala Lily
  • Sabi Star
  • Desert Azalea

Photo Gallery
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2022-10-06
Location: My garden
First blooms (2018 seedling)
Uploaded by Ursula
Location:  North latitude    GPS Latitude              16, 1' 40.202" East longitude    GPS Longitude             80, 13' 53.124"
Uploaded by RobertB
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2016-04-09
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-09-11
Uploaded by hlutzow
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-02-07
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2019-06-21
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-09-11
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: May
Desert Rose
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-04-17
Location: Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
Date: Summer 2003
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2021-04-29
Spider on bloom
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2019-06-17
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: May
Desert Rose
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-05-04
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2020-06-28
Flash photo.
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2016-05-05
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-11-08
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-11-13
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 2022-04-23
Spring bloom
Location: my yard Arenas Valley, NM
Date: 2015-12-04
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-11-08
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-10-28
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-09-10
Location: Mentor on the Lake
Date: 2018-10-14
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: South-Africa - Kruger Park
Date: 2017-01-28
In its natural habitat, under grazing pressure
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 23Apr2016
Uploaded by Ursula
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-08-08
Location: My Yard
Date: 2019-05-11
Location: My Yard
Date: 2018-05-19
Unnamed variety...plant tag had a 57 on it.
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-12-02
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-12-02
Location: Socotra Island
Date: 2013-08-22
Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
Location: My Yard
Location: My garden
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2015-07-06
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: South Florida
Date: 2014-05-11
Double flower adenium (no ID).
Location: Miami FL
Date: 2024-02-05
exceptionally large flower (1st rebloom since last year purchase)
Uploaded by orchidgal
Location: Mentor on the Lake
Date: 2018-10-14

Date: 2019-09-05
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-05-27
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-09-11
Location: My garden
Date: 2020-09-12
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-05-04
Waking up in mid spring
Uploaded by Rainbow
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-08-28
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-12-02
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 3/2021
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-12-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-01
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-05-19
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: spring 2012
This picture shows 'what may lie beneath the surface' - this plan
Location: At our garden - Tracy, CA
Date: Summertime 2010
Desert Rose in bloom
Location: Indoors - Tracy, CA
Date: 2011-04-18
Desert Rose slowly coming out of dormant state after winter seaso
Uploaded by plantmanager
Uploaded by plantmanager
Location: Port St Lucie, FL.
Date: 2017-04-01
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-09-24
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/14/2022
Uploaded by hlutzow
Uploaded by chhari55
Location: British Columbia
Date: Aug 2013
Adenium Arabicum
Uploaded by JamesAcclaims
Location: My greenhouse
Date: 2024-03-31
Twin babies!
Location: South-Africa - Kruger Park
Date: 2017-01-28
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2009-01-31
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2009-01-31
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-06-13
Location: North Louisiana
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-12-02
Location: Macleay Island, Queensland, Australia
Date: 2014-02-21
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2023-06-12
First time bloomer from seed grown plant.
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2008-11-07
Uploaded by drdawg
Location: My garden
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-30
Four & a half month old Adenium obesum.
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-11-10
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2010-04-11
Location: my yard Arenas Valley, NM
Date: 2015-12-14
Adenium obesum young caudex
Location: my plant
Date: 2019-03-19
Uploaded by JamesAcclaims
Uploaded by chhari55
Uploaded by extranjera
Location: Tellys Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2009-01-31
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-09-11
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-08-28
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2021-04-25
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
A glorious display
Location: My Yard
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-02-07
Uploaded by JamesAcclaims
Location: all photos from my gardens
Date: 2018-06-19
Location: At our garden - Tracy, CA
Date: Summertime 2010
Close-up of Desert Rose blooms
Uploaded by plantmanager
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2015-07-06
Desert Rose with Double Red Blooms
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-01-13
Location: Mariana Islands Guam USA
Date: 2015-05-11
8 month-old-seedling in community pot
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-04-17
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-04-17
Seedling.
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2010-04-04
Location: Västerbotten, Sweden
Date: 2023-05-11
Grown from seed bought as Pink Panther, most likely Pink Panther

Date: 2024-04-08
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-25
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-25
Location: DeLand Florida
Date: 2014-05-23
Beautiful in a Stone Age looking pot!  Fred and Wilma would appro
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-08-28
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-12-02
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-09-06
Starting to branch out.
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/09/2022
Location: Weston FL 
Date: 2019-08-31
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2023-07-16
Adenium eyes crying in the rain
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2014-11-13
Location: Mariana Islands Guam USA
Date: 2015-05-01
Furry Throat
Location: My sister's plant - Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2015-03-25
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-01-13
Uploaded by mbndupuy
Uploaded by mbndupuy
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2024-04-17
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2024-04-17
Uploaded by Bradfish83
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-09-10
Uploaded by chhari55
Uploaded by chhari55
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-25
Location: Baja California
Date: 2020-09-27
Uploaded by LAGardengirl
Location: My Yard
Date: 2019-05-11
Location: DeLand Florida
Date: 2014-05-23
Beautiful against a clear blue sky!
Location: DeLand Florida
Date: 2014-05-23
Beautiful with the Sun backlighting her!
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-01
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-01
Uploaded by tarev
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 27mar2016
Location: my plant room
Date: November 2011
This is Platinum
Location: Weston FL 
Date: 2019-08-24
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02

Date: 2024-03-14
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-06-21
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-01-26
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/14/2022
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/14/2022
Location: Baja California
Date: 2017-05-10
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/14/2022
Location: Mariana Islands Guam USA
Date: 2016-03-24
Grown from seed.
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2016-05-05
Location: Hershey Gardens Conservatory, Hershey, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2018-02-03
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-08-23
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: My yard Arenas Valley, NM
Date: 2015-10-21
Adenium obesum leaves
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-08-31
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-08-02
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 04/13/2022
Anyday now….

Date: 2011-04-03
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-07-07
Uploaded by chhari55
Uploaded by tarev
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-13
Location: Jakarta
Date: 2021-12-02
Location: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Date: April 6 2022
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-01
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-01
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-01
Uploaded by tarev
Uploaded by Navneet

Date: 2013-03-23
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 27mar2016
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 26feb2016
my new grafted flower with parent flower
Uploaded by tarev
Location: Fairfax, VA
Date: 2022-03-31
Not mine
Location: Fairfax, VA
Date: 2022-03-31
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-05-04
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-30
Seeds after a 24 hour soak.
Location: South Florida
Date: 2013-11-26
Double flower adenium (no ID).
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-01-13
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/14/2022
Uploaded by Rainbow
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2017-10-19
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2015-04-29
Location: central Illinois-Washington Park Botanical Garden -Springfield, Il.
Date: 2015-12-05
Location: my plant
Date: 2019-03-19
Uploaded by pretty_paws_29
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023
Date: 2023-04-21
Uploaded by extranjera
Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 10 April 2014 - Spring
Roots of my young Adenium Obesum
Location: My Yard
Date: 8/30/2014
New cutting...

Date: 2020-07-02
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2020-08-28
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 3mar2016
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2014-05-11
This is a prolific blooming plant! Such a brilliant red!
Uploaded by tarev
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-21
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-21
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/09/2022
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/09/2022
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 05/09/2022
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-04-17
Busting out with flowers April Blooms.
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 04/15/2022
Still waiting…..
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2022-01-27
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-07-01
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date: 2012-07-04
Adendium Seed Pod
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2015-05-04
Location: San Francisco, CA - Conservatory of Flowers
Date: 2012-08-10
Desert Rose bloom with foliage
Uploaded by ljones26
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 2016-04-08
Uploaded by hlutzow
Uploaded by Dutchlady1
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2017-10-19
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-05-08
Uploaded by tarev

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2014-04-10 - Spring
Checking the roots of Adenium obesum during repot last April 2014

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.
Date: 2016-03-26

Date: 2013-03-23
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 27mar2016
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Date: 27mar2016
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Location: Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-05-07
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2016-10-12
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-21
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-02
Location: Parchur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Location: Cypress Gardens, Florida
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2010-09-28
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-08-23
Uploaded by tarev
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: summer 2011
The narrow leaves are typical of this species
Uploaded by rucky
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: August 2013
Location: indoors Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2020-03-09
Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) seeds germination.
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden - Springfield, Il.
Date: 2016-03-26
Location: Socotra Island
Date: 2013-08-22
Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington

Date: 2013-03-23

Date: 2013-03-23
Location: Weston FL 
Date: 2019-09-27
As the n
Location: At our garden - San Joaquin County, CA
Date: 2013-06-28
Baby adenium obesum
Uploaded by dave
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Date: 2012-07-04
Adenium Seeds
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-04-23
Two plants Red and a pink
Location: Georgia
Date: sept.2012
leaves & buds

Date: 2014-05-18
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2018-04-22
Location: My sister's plant - Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2015-03-25
Location: Vladivostok, Primorsky Kraj, Russia
Date: 2013-08-12
Desert Rose (Adenium obesum).
Location: Atlanta BG
Date: Aug 16
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2010-09-28
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2010-04-09
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2015-10-26

Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
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Comments:
  • Posted by deepsouth (North Louisiana - Zone 8b) on Jul 3, 2021 11:24 AM concerning plant:
    Potting media for Adenium

    Mix together:

    1 Part: Coconut Coir -
    1 Part: Poultry Grit (chicken grit) /or Pea Gravel - (sift out fine grain silt) -
    1 Part: Sand - coarse Builder's Sand, Leveling Sand, or Horticultural Sand - (sift out fine grain silt) -
    1 Part: Lump Charcoal - (Break-up or crush larger pieces) - (sift out fine grain silt) -
    1 Part: Lava-rock – (volcanic cinders or pumice) (crush larger pieces) - (sift out fine grain silt) -

    Optional: mix with above

    1 Part: Redwood Bark / Orchid (Phalaenopsis) Mix - Break-up, cut or crush larger stems & bark
    1 Part: Perlite - coarse (#4 large)

  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 18, 2018 6:27 PM concerning plant:
    The Desert Rose is a wonderful ornamental plant with its unusual bulbous, caudex base and beautiful blooms that come in shades of red, pink, and white. In nature, Adenium obesum reaches heights of 8 to 10 feet, but smaller specimens are grown as patio container plants or indoor houseplants and they are also popular trained as bonsai. Desert Rose is drought tolerant and prefers high light, doing best in full sun situations. It is considered evergreen but will lose its leaves during severe dry periods. The sap of Adenium obesum contains toxic glycosides, and care should be taken when pruning or handling the cut stems.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 17, 2011 11:42 AM concerning plant:
    When re-potting, put this in a pot just slightly larger than its root system. Pot-bound plants can be watered frequently in hot weather. Otherwise, be careful about the watering regimen as these plants cannot tolerate sitting in water, especially in cool weather. Many of these plants lend themselves to "root spreading" at re-potting time. Whether the idea is to try to develop large roots or not, spreading the roots out during potting is recommended.
Plant Events from our members
SCButtercup On September 1, 2016 Maintenance performed
Pruned
SCButtercup On April 30, 2016 Potted up
SCButtercup On February 3, 2016 Seeds sown
piksihk On November 10, 2022 Plant emerged
piksihk On October 23, 2022 Fruit Ripened
seeds out of pod
piksihk On July 2, 2022 Bloomed
First blooms ever
piksihk On May 10, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
new top growth
piksihk On May 19, 2018 Obtained plant
Two NOid GMB swap

First bloom 7/2/2022
piksihk On May 11, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Kevalsha On March 11, 2011 Obtained plant
This plant was purchased by my daughter who lives in the Tampa, FL area. She gave it to me when she moved. Since then I have grown several plants from cuttings from the original plant. I gave my daughter (the one in the Tampa area one of the cuttings which is now a beautiful plant. It is now February 2018 and I still have this plant and several others from the cuttings I took.
lemonFresh On October 4, 2017 Obtained plant
hlutzow On October 16, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Seed pod developing on single red.
hlutzow On March 9, 2021 Bloomed
The 2nd desert rose bloomed and it appears to be a double bloom.
hlutzow On December 9, 2020 Bloomed
Only 1 adenium bloomed.
hlutzow On November 22, 2019 Obtained plant
Macrocentra On November 7, 2022 Potted up
Upgraded double-purple and double-white plants to larger pots.
Macrocentra On July 16, 2022 Bloomed
Macrocentra On January 23, 2021 Maintenance performed
Light pruning on largest plant.
antsinmypants On May 31, 2022 Plant emerged
136 Seedlings starting to emerge.
antsinmypants On May 29, 2022 Seeds sown
136 presoaked 24 hours.
antsinmypants On January 18, 2022 Plant emerged
Another emerged.
antsinmypants On January 17, 2022 Plant emerged
One emerged.
antsinmypants On January 7, 2022 Seeds sown
Sowed 5 seeds.
skylark On January 15, 2023 Bloomed
old 'Gundalf' opened 15 flowers and 8 more buds (best bloom since purchase). Triple 'Dalek' has 4 buds, some leaves.
newest 'Boy Wonder' dropped 3 initial half-opened flowers; opened 2 new very big on Xmas and New Year Day, and has 1 more big bud: good purchase from RF Orchids.
skylark On November 18, 2022 Obtained plant
Got new plant in bloom, mini : white with big red center spots
skylark On August 15, 2022 Bloomed
single bloomed again.
skylark On July 15, 2021 Bloomed
only single , not triple
skylark On January 21, 2021 Obtained plant
2 4" pots from HD: mini .
Bschmuck On March 12, 2022 Seeds sown
Planted 1-2 seeds per container, Miracle Gro succulent/cactus mix. Planted 85 seeds in first batch.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Wow by valleylynn Sep 2, 2019 8:30 AM 4
Not prolife, but Prolific bloomer! (Correction) by beckygardener May 11, 2014 10:53 PM 3
my adenium flowers by chhari55 Feb 26, 2016 3:21 AM 1
a new bloom in my garden 🏡 by chhari55 Jun 13, 2016 9:47 AM 1
Untitled by chhari55 Dec 28, 2017 1:33 AM 0
This does not look like Plumeria by plantladylin Sep 20, 2021 11:37 AM 1

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