Rose color adenium obesum in Barranquilla
Adenium obesum (Desert Rose)

One of my favorites, beautiful, unusual, doesn´t need much water and blooms often. It costs more than most plants in Colombia so you won´t see many. The colors here in Colombia are limited to shades or combinations of red, rose, pink and white. Missing are the newer incredible varieties available in the world market. Almost everything here is standard fare when it comes to ornamental plants; there are not many hybrids. I grew a few hybrid varieties from seeds that germinated quickly and got up to two feet in two years. Even in the quickly draining sandy soil of Barranquilla, this plant can get root rot during the months of heavy rain. Scales can also be a problem. If this plant is within an arm's reach of the public, they are going to break branches off or pull the plant. One of the peculiarities here is that many people (particularly old ladies) think it is okay to take parts or all of your plant. One old lady passing by my garden asked if she could take a plant. After telling her, of course not, she said, “I didn´t have to ask. I´ll just come back another time and take it.”

Adenium obesum flowers in Colombia
Adenium obesum plants in Barranquilla
A close up Adenium obesum flower in Colombia
Red and pink adenium obesum flowers in Barranquilla