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Adenia globosa


Scientific Name

Adenia globosa Engl.

Scientific Classification

Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Adenia


Adenia globosa is a deciduous shrub, often adopting a climbing habit, with stems up to 26.2 feet (8 m) long, growing from a globular, green and warty caudex up to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) in diameter. The stems can be erect or scramble over the ground, climbing into the surrounding vegetation and attaching itself by means of tendrils. They are armed with thorns up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long. The flowers are unisexual, greenish white and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) long.


USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Adenias are summer growers and can be watered and fed regularly if planted in fast draining soil. Let the soil dry between watering if you are in a humid climate.

Most of your growth will be during the warm season and the plant will have the most leaves. The plant will also grow best with the leaves exposed to bright light, but the caudex shaded.

During the cool months protect the plant from frost to keep it alive. The plant normally rests during this period and water should be kept to a minimum. However, you can keep the plant active, if you can keep it above 50 °F (10 °C).

Their sap is poisonous, and they should be handled with caution, particularly when pruning.

Most cuttings do not produce a caudex so it is best to propagate by seeds. Adenias are either male or female so one of each is required to produce seeds.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Adenia.


Adenia globosa is native to to tropical Africa, where it occurs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania.


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