Cherry Coloured Superblast

|Adenium obesum bloom detail|

|Adenium obesum bloom detail|

Have you ever seen a cherry coloured superblast?  Well now you're looking at it.  The petals of this Adenium obesum also known as Desert Rose are so vibrant and true with color.  Whenever I see it in bloom it sweeps me away to the mysterious and distant climes of eastern Africa.  Adenium obesum is a succulent tree-like shrub that can grow outdoors in warm temperate climates and indoors in all others.  Kept in a container it can take on a really cool bonsai-like effect.  It's stems and roots are succulent.  The root specifically can form an intriguingly sculptural caudex or swollen root.  This caudex serves as a water storage tank for the plant.

|Adenium obesum flower + foliage|

|Adenium obesum flower + foliage|

The caudex may be interesting but the real show stopper are the flowers.  They're beautiful bold trumpets that can be red, pink, white, or variations of the three.  This plant makes a really cool houseplant if you've got a bright, warm, sunny spot.  A big plus is that Adeniums are very drought and heat tolerant so maintenance is pretty low.  In the warmer months provide it with periodic water to encourage fresh leaves and prolonged flowering.  Give it what it needs and in return you'll experience the beautifulness of the mysterious and beguiling Desert Rose.