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Adenium obesum 'Red Desert Rose'

$ 12.00
Size: 4"

Embodying the harsh landscapes from which it hails, the Adenium obesum 'Red Desert Rose' is a captivating succulent native to the arid regions of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. This resilient plant is renowned for its striking appearance, characterized by a thick, bulbous base known as a caudex, which serves as a water reservoir to endure dry spells. Rising from this swollen base are slender, branching stems adorned with glossy, dark green leaves that provide a lush contrast to its stark origins.

The 'Red Desert Rose' is particularly celebrated for its spectacular floral display. Throughout the warmer months, it produces a profusion of large, trumpet-shaped flowers that are a vibrant shade of crimson with subtle hints of pink at their throats. These blossoms not only add a burst of color to any setting but also attract a variety of pollinators, adding dynamism to its surroundings. The flowers emerge directly from the stem, creating a striking juxtaposition against the plant's verdant foliage and rugged caudex.

Typically reaching heights of 1 to 3 feet, the 'Red Desert Rose' can be a commanding presence in any collection, whether grown in a pot as a singular specimen or showcased within a drought-tolerant garden landscape. Its growth habit makes it an excellent choice for adding architectural interest and a touch of exotic flair. When cultivated in containers, this plant prefers well-draining soil and a sunny position to thrive, mirroring the conditions of its native habitat. Despite its exotic appearance, the 'Red Desert Rose' is surprisingly low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and able to withstand periods of neglect.

However, it's the caudex that often draws the most fascination, gradually becoming more pronounced and sculptural as the plant ages. This feature not only adds to the visual interest but also speaks to the resilience and adaptability of the 'Red Desert Rose,' making it a symbol of survival and beauty in harsh conditions. For enthusiasts looking to add a dramatic touch to their indoor or outdoor spaces, this succulent is an unparalleled choice.

In addition to its ornamental appeal, the 'Red Desert Rose' is enveloped in a veil of mystery and allure, often associated with tales and legends in the cultures from which it originates. This, combined with its stunning visual appeal and ease of care, makes the Adenium obesum 'Red Desert Rose' a


Plant sizing is based on the diameter of the nursery pot (2", 2.5", 3", 4" etc), not the plant itself. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grow in depending on availability or time of year. While we do our best to ship plants as similar to those pictured as possible, please keep in mind that all plants are unique from one to the next, and display color, shape, and growth variation based on current environment, time of year, and other contributing factors. Please note that we ship our plants as dry as possible in the fall and winter months to prevent root rot or freezing. They will plump back up after planting!

Size: 4"

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