adenium obesum

Adenium Obesum

Impala Lily, Desert Rose or Sabi Star

Adenium Obesum, sometimes called Adenium Multiflorum, is an interesting, or unusual grey to brown caudex (swollen stem base) topped with multiple branches producing a few oval shaped grey-green leaves. Plants can attain a mature height of 1,5 metres or more. Terminal clusters of star shaped flowers appear in spring and summer, often before the new leaves emerge. Usually pink or red and sometimes white, they make a bold and dramatic statement in the garden.

Grow Adenium Obesum in a hot, dry position, preferably in a pot so that the plants can be moved under cover during periods of high rainfall. They are often seen in the game reserves in the eastern and western parts of Southern Africa. They are sensitive to frost and cold.

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