Desert Rose, Adenium obesum
Don’t let this plant’s common name fool you. It is not a “rose” and although native to sub-Saharan Africa and the deserts of the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, this interesting plant grows well in South Florida’s humidity. It has a beautiful bright red, pink and white flower, but many enthusiasts grow desert rose for the caudex, or base, which can be manipulated to form unique shapes.
Desert rose is suitable for container gardening or will thrive in your yard if planted in full sun and well-drained soil. Plants should never be in standing water and should not get much water at all in the cooler months, as this species is prone to root rot. If temperatures regularly fall below 35°F in your area, it’s best to grow desert rose in a container so the plant can be moved inside during cold snaps. Leaves may drop during winter but the plant should recover nicely each spring, providing months of beautiful blooms in the summer. All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested and the sap may irritate skin, so use caution when planting.
We have a desert rose growing in a container in front of the Caretaker’s house at the Estates. We also have several for sale in our Garden Shoppe. Don’t forget, garden blog readers save 10% off their Garden Shoppe purchases by mentioning the phrase of the month at check-out!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the blooms that will be listed in September’s “What’s Blooming” at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates…
The first person to correctly identify this plant will WIN IT! We will announce the winner and the correct answer next Wednesday!
Contest Rules: Leave a comment on Facebook or the Garden Blog with your answer. The person with the first correct answer may choose to receive the mystery plant (if available) or a peace lily. The winner will be announced on the Estates Garden Blog and on Facebook. Plants must be picked up from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates within 7 days of contest end (and, no, we can’t ship them!).