Adenium arabicum “Shada”

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Common Name:

Desert Rose


Saudi Arabia


Family: Apocynaceae

This plant is a compact dwarf cultivar of Adenium arabicum: A large above ground caudiciform plant producing a thickened trunk up to 6 feet in diameter. Plant has 2 to 3 inch long oval, slightly pubescent leaves, and one to 2 inch wide flowers with fading light pink petals and a yellow to cream colored center.

Adenium arabicum is native to the Arabian peninsula from Western Saudi Arabia to eastern Yemen where it grows between Granite rocks and along granite cliff faces. It is an extremely arid species and can handle long droughts.

Should be watered once every 1 to 2 weeks during the summer, keep dry in winter. The caudex can grow quite rapidly if over potted and kept in extremely well draining medium (mostly pumice), up to several inches a season.


Temperature: Hardy to 35-40F

Full Sun

Extra Chunky

Low Water

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