Desert Rose (Adenium obesum)

Desert Rose

  • Bright Light
  • Blossoms in Many Stunning Colors
  • Glossy Green Foliage
  • Quirky Shape

This Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) is anything but your average rose. In fact, this beauty isn’t a rose at all but that doesn’t mean it’s not absolutely stunning. Add one to your indoor decor for a little spark of bright color.

Commonly found thriving in the wild around desert like ecosystems, the Desert Rose has adopted a relatively succulent way of life. It will store water in its soft roots allowing it to go long periods without much attention at all.

You don’t have to sacrifice beauty for convenience though as this member of the milkweed family is truly striking! With glossy dark green leaves perched on top of a peculiarly thick stem, the Desert Rose will have you conjuring up images of a miniature, stout, tree.

That isn’t the most impressive part about this plant though. During late summer, you can look forward to this specimen producing the most mesmerizing flowers. Each petal is soft pink towards the center and gradually deepens into a fuchsia around the edges!

We are showing white in the photo, but the trumpet-shaped flowers that appear in vibrant shades of red, pink, purple and many times bi color as well.

In order to have the happiest Desert Rose possible, try thinking of it as two different plants with two different care requirements. During the spring as summer keep it abundantly watered and fertilized. Then, once winter comes, keep the rose dry so that it can adequately rest, almost like a cactus.

You’ll also want to make sure this little looker basks in bright light all day long. It would look absolutely marvelous in a living room window or perched next to your sliding glass door!

Like most houseplants, a Desert Rose will thrive in a container as long as it is well draining. Feel free to set the rose outside during the summer months but make sure to bring in once the weather starts cooling off. When your Desert Rose is spending its days outside, you won’t have to worry about curious critters, this specimen is dear and rabbit resistant!

Few things are as rewarding as caring for a houseplant. These ask for very little and give so much back in return!

Desert Roses are the kind of house plant that gets noticed by visitors right away.

Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) Details

Common name Desert Rose
Botanical name Adenium obesum
Hardiness zone 10-12 (Houseplant in All Zones)
Growth rate Slow
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low (Xeriscape Plant)
Soil condition House Plant Mix
Pollinator-friendly No
Flower color Red, Pink, Purple, and White