Desert rose: Is it a rose growing in desert?

Desert rose (Adenium obesum) is not a rose that grows in the desert, nor is it closely related or similar to a rose. It's actually a succulent flowering plant in the dogbane family.

The plant is a slow growing tree that has a thick trunk and waxy coating, so it can retain more water in a dry environment. The plant originates from tropical areas of eastern Africa, which means they need to store more water to survive in dry climate. Plus, the plant produces few flowers a year so it can save more energy.

Its flowers are usually pink or red. When you grow a desert rose plant, make sure it gets full sunlight and only water it when the soil is dry.

Here are some photos of this lovely plant.

(All images via VCG)

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"Plants & Nations" is a series of articles and pictures about common plants in the world. It serves as a guide to beautiful plants from different countries. 

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