Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld


Adeniums and Pachypodiums

Family: Apocynaceae

Adenium, (also known as Desert Rose) will be well known to succulent enthusiasts, but considering the current high level of interest in water-conservation, could be adopted more widely in Queensland as an ornamental. They have showy flowers and an interesting growth habit.

However, they are very poisonous (they are in the same family as the Oleander).

Pachypodium species are members of the same family, and are often discussed in conjunction with the adeniums as they have a somewhat similar growth habit. One of the most obvious differences is the presence of distinctive spines on the trunk.


Where to buy Adeniums or Pachypodiums in Qld

As these plants become more popular, you may find some in regular garden centres. Succulent Nurseries are another place to look for Pachypodiums and Adeniums.


Ingham, Qld
Mob: 0438 602 667

Modern Landscape Plants sell drought tolerant plants which are ideal for landscaping.

Range contains some very rare agaves plus dracaenas, aloes, yuccas, adenium (desert rose), pachypodiums, cordylines, ornamental grass, Furcraea and bromeliads including ornamental dwarf pineapple (subject to availability).

Plants at wholesale prices can be sent along the east coast of Australia and mail order is also available to some other locations. Check us out at

This section is intended for nurseries (including online and mail order) offering a greater selection or rare varieties and which might be considered Adenium specialists. If you operate such a nursery, click here: Information for advertisers

More Online Information

Check also the links on the Succulents Page, as many are likely to contain information on Adeniums and Pachypodiums.
The following links are for general information - some species or cultivars may be unavailable in Australia
Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) University of Florida (PDF)
The Adenium Pages Extensive information
Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) Thai Horticulture
Adenium and Pachypodium Page at A Plumeria Journal. Lots of photographs illustrating a variety flowers colours.
Desert Rose - The Hot New Houseplant Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association
A Rose for the Ages The Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) University of Florida
Adenium (Desert Rose) (at Includes some good photos and information about propagation from seeds and hybridisation technique
Adeniums in the wild Adenium arabicum in Yemen and Oman
Impala Lily Adenium obesum. Kruger National Park - South Africa Safari and Lodging Guide
Pachypodium & Caudiciforms Cactus and Succulent Society of New Zealand (CSSNZ) Inc
Pachypodiums an article by Rudy Waanders, at the Cactus & Succulent Society of Queensland website
Pachypodium Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Florida
URSULA'S C&S corner including Pachypodiums and other "fat plants"
Pachypodium lamerei Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Pachypodium lamerei University of Oklahoma



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