DESERT ROSE Adenium obesum

DESERT ROSE Adenium obesum

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Adenium obesum is evergreen or drought-deciduous succulent shrub. It can grow to 1–3 m (3.3–9.8 ft) in height. The flowers are tubular, 2–5 cm (0.79–1.97 in) long, with the outer portion 4–6 cm (1.6–2.4 in) diameter with five petals, resembling those of other related genera such as Plumeria and Nerium. The flowers tend to red and pink, often with a whitish blush outward of the throat. Common names include Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea, impala lily and desert rose. 

It is a poisonous species of flowering plant. Adenium obesum produces a sap in its roots and stems that contains cardiac glycosides. This sap is used as arrow poison for hunting large game throughout much of Africa and as a fish toxin.

Adenium obesum is a popular houseplant and bonsai in temperate regions. It requires a sunny location and a minimum indoor temperature in winter of 10 °C (50 °F). It thrives on a xeric watering regime as required by cacti. A. obesum is commonly propagated by seed.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: Your planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Use a sterile seed-start mix, with 50% sand. Place the seeds just barely under the surface of your growing medium. Place the container on a heating pad and keep the temperature of the growing medium at between 80 and 85 F (27-29 C). Watering should be done from a bottom tray, allowing the water to wick upwards, as to not disturb the seeds.


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