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30 cm 14 cm

Adenium Obesum

The Adenium Obesum likes to be in a warm light place and the nice thing about this plant is that you can grow it in all kinds of forms (such as a bonsai). Water moderately and bring it in when it gets colder.
Height (incl. pot):
± 30 cm
Pot ⌀:
14 cm

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Adenium Obesum


The Adenium Obesum occurs naturally in arid regions of East Africa, from Ethiopia to South Africa.


The Adenium Obesum is an easy-to-keep plant that needs only moderate water. Give the Adenium a warm and light location. The plant likes to be outside in the summer and can be a luxury for your garden, but it should go back in when it gets colder.

Bloom / re-bloom

The flowers of the Adenium Obesum stand in groups at the top of the usually leafless branches during the flowering season. The flowers consist of a long crown tube, which is usually yellowish on the inside with pink stripes and five crown lips that can be white with a pink border or pink with a carmine-red border.

The fruits are narrow cigar-shaped, up to 24 cm long and 2 cm wide. They are assembled in two pieces, perpendicular to the handle. When ripe, they jump open, revealing many seeds with a crest of silky hairs.

Background information

Various glycosides have since been found in the Adenium Obesum. This has attracted the attention of modern researchers in the field of anticancer medicines. So it may well be that the Adenium Obesum will be used for chemotherapy in a few years.

In the Sahel, glycoside is used to combat venereal diseases, while the milk juice is used to solve mouth and tooth problems.

Milk juice from the Adenium Obesum is used in Kenya to control lice and mites by rubbing itself with it.

When you take care of this Adenium Obesum as described, you will be able to enjoy this bonsai-like desert rose for a long time!


The juice from the roots is toxic. Keep children and pets away.
It is recommended to wear gloves when pruning and repotting the plant.

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