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

Common names
  • Desert Rose
  • Desert-Rose
  • 'Adn
  • 'Udayn
  • Aden

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  • 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
SCButtercup On April 30, 2016 Potted up
SCButtercup On February 3, 2016 Seeds sown
piksihk On May 10, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
new top growth
piksihk On May 19, 2018 Obtained plant
Two NOid GMB swap
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 July 16, 2022 Bloomed
Macrocentra On January 23, 2021 Maintenance performed
Light pruning.
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 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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