Plant Identification – Desert Rose Plant

I have this plant don’t know what it is. I was hoping you could help me identify my plant so I can give it the best care.

Hi Michael,

Your plant looks like a Desert Rose plant (ADENIUM OBESUM). This plant is a type of caudiciform or “fat plant” because of its thick bulbous base. When grown indoors, a Desert Rose grows 2ft-5ft in height and 1ft-3 ft in width. Desert Rose plants have beautiful flowers and sparse small leaves. The 1″-2″ saucer shaped blooms are quite a conversation piece and can be red, pink, or white. The fat, bulbous trunk  is usually partially or completely buried in the soil. This is one of my favorite indoor flowering plants because it is so unusual and thrives on neglect. Here is a picture of a healthy one in bloom with a fantastic base.

Pink flowers on Desert Rose plant with fat, bulbous base.
Desert Rose Plant
Adenium Obesum

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.

You can read all my care tips on how to grow a Desert Rose plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.