The Desert Rose

Meet Adenium obesum, more commonly known as the Desert Rose. This stunning plant is a showstopper in any garden, with its vibrant fuchsia, scarlet, and alabaster flowers that bloom in the heart of the year. But don't let its delicate beauty fool you - this plant is as tough as they come!

Adenium obesum

Full Sun

Can grow in full sun conditions.

Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions. Ideal for low-maintenance gardens or forgetful waterers.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Significant Safety Risks

Highly toxic if ingested, handle with extreme caution. Can cause skin irritation and highly toxic if ingested.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Adenium obesum

The Desert Rose stands proud at a height of 3 to 9 feet and spreads its verdant, gunmetal leaves across a width of 3 to 5 feet. Its eye-catching flowers are a magnet for colorful butterflies and nectar-seeking birds, adding a touch of wildlife to your garden.

Despite its delicate appearance, the Desert Rose is a venomous flora. It's a fat plant, storing water in its thick trunk to survive in arid conditions - hence its name!

Also known as

Desert Rose
Impala Lily
Mock azalea

Our design recommendations

The Desert Rose is a versatile plant, perfect for use as an interior plant or in an urn or porch setting. Its vibrant colors and unique shape make it a great choice for adding a pop of color and interest to any space. Given its ability to withstand dry conditions, the Desert Rose is perfect for urn, interior plants, and porch landscapes. It's a plant that brings the beauty of the desert to your home.