Desert Rose

Desert Rose


Adenium obesum subsp. swazicum (Summer Impala Lily)

Adenium obesum subsp. swazicum (Summer Impala Lily), also known as Adenium swazicum, is a dwarf, deciduous succulent shrub that grows up to 28 inches…

They are usually quite resistant to pests but may be affected by mealy bugs and aphids occasionally. Watch out for tiny white or yellow bugs on your plants, as applying a little white oil to the leaves and stem can get rid of these pests, especially during an early stage of their infestation.

Spider mites are another relatively common concern, as the dry conditions are suitable for them. Lightly sprinkling the leaves with a little water occassionally can take care of this problem. Make sure not to overdo it, and don’t let the soil get wet.

Gardeners often complain about their desert rose leaves turning yellow, wilting, and finally falling off. The most likely reason for this is overwatering, which makes the soil soggy, leading to root rot, which in turn results in falling off of the leaves, ultimately causing the plant to die. To manage this, stop watering for a week, and once the soil dries off completely, follow a less frequent watering schedule.

Adenium obesum

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Desert Rose Plant Features

Looking for a dramatic low-water succulent plant? Try desert rose! This sun-loving plant is perfect for you if you don't want to water a lot and want a variety that looks different than the typical spiky, spiny succulents.

Desert rose looks like a bonsai it has a thick, swollen truck (that holds water during times of drought) and shiny, dark green leaves. But the real appeal comes from its showy, trumpet-shaped flowers that appear in festive shades of pink, white, purple, and red. Look around and you can often find bicolor varieties, types with double flowers, or those with variegated foliage.

Desert rose looks beautiful when planted in the landscape as an annual (in the North) or perennial (in frost-free regions), but is also an excellent tropical plant for container gardens. No matter where you grow desert rose, it's a perfect companion for cacti and other succulents. Because it is a tropical plant, it doesn't survive frost (temperatures of 32F or 0C).

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Desert Rose Growing Instructions

Desert rose is a sun-loving plant, so grow it in the brightest spot you have. It's equally outstanding grown in landscape beds or borders as it is in containers and planters on decks, patios, and other outdoor spaces.

Water desert rose regularly for best results. The plant tolerates low-water conditions, but if it dries out too much, it will lose some or all of its leaves. (Don't worry if this happens your desert rose will grow new leaves when it starts to get enough water again.)

Fertilize desert rose in spring and summer, if you wish, with a general-purpose fertilizer. Take care to follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging.

Because desert rose is a slow-growing plant, pruning is not necessary.

Note: Desert rose is not meant for human or animal consumption. All parts of this plant are considered poisonous.



Pink, Purple, Red, Variegated, White


Low water needs, Medium water needs

Special Features

Attracts butterflies
Deer/rabbit resistant
Super-easy to grow

Complement your Desert Rose with these varieties:

Several factors can make desert rose develop yellow leaves that fall off the plant. First off, make sure your plant is getting enough water. While it tolerates minimal watering, it does best when watered -- and fertilized -- regularly in spring and summer.

If you've just purchased your desert rose, it may be stress. Like many plants, desert rose will react to stress by dropping some leaves. Once it adapts to its new home, it should recover and put out fresh new foliage.

Also be sure your desert rose is getting enough light. The plant can lose foliage when it's grown in too much shade, especially if it is overwatered and in shade.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Double Desert rose

Double desert roses have two or three times the typical number of petals and their flowers look more like roses than trumpets.

Picotee Desert Rose

Pictoee-type desert roses have flowers edged in a contrasting color. They're often white, with red or pink rims.

Purple Desert Rose

Purple desert roses have blooms in shades of purple and lavender.

Red Desert Rose

Red desert roses have scarlet, red, or maroon flowers. They're dramatic tropical plants!

Striped Desert Rose

Striped desert roses have streaks and stripes of a contrasting color up their petals.

Variegated Desert Rose

Variegated desert roses have foliage edged or streaked in cream, white, or yellow, making them just as interesting even when they're not in bloom.

White Desert Rose

White desert roses have pure white flowers. They can be single or double.

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Desert Rose Plant Info

Desert rose has become a popular ornamental garden plant in United States Department of Agriculture zones 10 to 11. The rest of us in cooler zones will have to resort to growing Adenium indoors, giving the plant a vacation in the summer on the patio or deck. Desert rose plant care can be difficult and requires some knowledge of the life cycle of the species.

Follow some basic Adenium desert rose growing tips for healthy plants that won’t disappoint with full crowns of richly colored tubular flowers.

Adeniums are succulent, tropical plants. They are distinctive among the class because they develop a caudex, or swollen trunk. All succulent plants have some sort of water storage system, be it leaves, stems or roots. In desert rose, the trunk swells to conserve moisture for times of drought. A nice fat trunk is an indicator of plant health. A skinny stem can indicate that the plant requires more moisture.

An interesting bit of desert rose plant info is its natural resemblance to a bonsai plant, with a short stature when mature, and tidy canopy perched atop the graduated stem. Many growers seem to have trouble caring for desert rose plants, but these can truly be easy to maintain if you keep in mind the water, temperature and lighting needs of Adenium.

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