Adenium obesum

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Adenium obesum, known as the desert rose, is a remarkable succulent plant that is highly prized for its distinctive silhouette and spectacular, colorful flowers. This plant is not only beautiful but also hardy, able to withstand harsh conditions, making it an excellent choice for succulent collectors and gardeners looking for a low-maintenance plant.

Origin: Native to the arid regions of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Adenium obesum is adapted to survive in extremely dry, hot environments.

Growth: This plant is famous for its thick, swollen trunk, called caudex, which serves as a water reserve. The branches are short and bear glossy green leaves. Adenium obesum can reach heights of 1 to 3 meters, depending on growing conditions and age.

Flowers: The flowers are perhaps the most spectacular aspect of the desert rose. They usually appear in spring and summer, offering a range of colors that includes white, pink, red and sometimes two-tone shades. The trumpet-shaped flowers are large and showy, attracting a variety of pollinators.

Light: Adenium obesum thrives in full sun. Direct sunlight is essential to promote abundant flowering and to maintain the plant's general health. Indoors, a spot near a sunny window is ideal.

Watering: As a succulent, watering should be moderate. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, reduce watering to match its dormant period.

Substrate : Substrate must be extremely well draining. Use a specific mix for cacti and succulents, enriched with perlite and pumice. This mix will ensure that excess water drains away quickly, preventing root rot.

Toxicity: Adenium obesum is toxic if ingested. The latex it contains can be irritating to skin and mucous membranes. It is important to handle this plant with care, especially around children and pets.

Adenium obesum is an impressive, decorative plant that brings a touch of exoticism and color to any space. With its ability to store water and minimal maintenance requirements, it's ideal for those who love plants but have a busy schedule.