AN EASY CARE SUCCULENT THAT REWARDS YOU WITH FLOWERS
The Desert Rose has a lovely, but misleading name. Not a member of the rose family at all, this plant is actually a deciduous succulent. Furthermore, its unusual trunk may cause some folks to call it a bonsai – again, it is not.
Available in five different varieties, the Desert Rose can be found in a range of colors from red and purple to yellow and white. It can even have variegated coloration. The more adventurous gardener may wish to try grafting cuttings of a plant in one color with those of another to create truly unique bunches.
In hot climates and sunny spots, the Desert Rose will grow throughout the year and will bloom twice. The first flowers come bursting forth in early spring and remain until mid-summer. You can expect a second blooming during autumn. This sturdy plant also grows well in areas with colder temperatures, though you’ll only see actual growth in warmer months. Its thick trunk allows it to hold water, making this plant perfect for its native arid and semi-arid areas. Of special interest to many gardeners is the welcome way the Desert Rose attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.