Adenium (Desert  Rose)
Looking for a dramatic low-water succulent plant? Try Adenium or 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.

Adenium or 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 it sparingly; in many areas, summer rainfall is enough to keep the plant flourishing in all but the worst drought conditions. Fertilize it in spring and summer, if you wish, with a general-purpose fertilizer. Because desert rose is a slow-growing plant, pruning is not necessary. Note: Adenium is not meant for human or animal consumption. All parts of this plant are considered poisonous.


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