Desert Rose

PlantaeGentianalesApocynaceaeAdeniumAdenium obesum

Desert Rose

  • Plant Type: Evergreen, drought-deciduous succulent shrub.
  • Common Names: Desert Rose, impala Lily, mock azalea, kudu, Sabi star.
  • Colors: Red, rose, and pink with a whitish blush outward the throat.
  • Flower Dimensions: 0.79- 1.97 inches tubular length, and the outer part diameter is 1.6 to 2.4 inches.
  • Flowering Seasons/Months: Summer
  • Deserts with Desert Rose: Sahel regions south of Sahara, Tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula.
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Desert Rose Characteristics

Desert Rose

Desert rose is an evergreen, deciduous shrub of the Gentianales order. This species can grow from 3.3 to 9.8 ft. It is a trendy ornamental plant with plumeria-like flowers.

Impala Lily

  • The stems of the Desert rose are pachycaul. The trunk is thick succulent.
  • The Desert rose leaves are simple, entire, and spirally arranged. The leaves are leathery, thin, and delicate. They measure 2-5.9 inches long and 0.39- 3.15 inches broad.
  • The flowers of the Desert rose are in a trumpet shape.
  • The desert rose will thrive in an environment of full sunlight. It grows dormant for the winter season.
  • The species is long-lived. It mainly grows in hilly, rocky, and sandy soil.

Kudu Flowers

Desert Rose Facts

Mock Azalea

  • The desert rose cannot endure temperatures of the prolonged cold[1]. Once the temperature drops to 50° F, this plant will lose its leaves and undergoes slowed dormant phase.
  • The desert rose symbolizes[2] hope during dry times since the plant is vigorous and can survive harsh climatic conditions.
  • The desert rose is not a rose. It is not a member of the Rosaceae family. It does not have thorns and does not resemble the flowers of any variety of roses.
  • In China, the desert rose is a symbol is considered a wealth plant or a flower of prosperity. Therefore, it is named fuguihua in Chinese. Fu means rich or abundant, gui means majestic, and huameans flower.
  • The scientists discovered that the Adenium obesum showed great potential to treat viruses. Their research[3] manifested that the species showed anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, trypanocidal, acaricidal, molluscicidal, antioxidant, and piscicidal properties.

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Key References
  • [1]“Desert Rose: Plant Care & Growing Guide”. Accessed September 10, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“Desert Rose Flower: Meaning, Symbolism, and Colors | Pansy Maiden”. Accessed September 10, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Manually Fix”. Accessed September 10, 2022. Link.


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