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Adenium boehmianum (Bushman's Poison)


Scientific Name

Adenium boehmianum Schinz

Common Names

Bushman's Poison, Bushman Poison, Bushmen's Arrow Poison


Adenium obesum subsp. boehmianum

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Apocynoideae
Tribe: Wrightieae
Genus: Adenium


Adenium boehmianum is a slow-growing succulent up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. It is an erect shrub with barely succulent stems and only modestly fat roots. The glossy, club-shaped leaves are the largest in the genus, several inches long and broad. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and range from white and bright pink to crimson red and up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter.


USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

These are not difficult plants to grow well, provided they get enough sunlight and warmth. Like all succulents, they cannot tolerate sitting in water, and if you err, do it on the side of too little water. Use a specialized soil mix designed for cacti and succulents. Fertilize during spring and summer with controlled-release fertilizer or liquid fertilizer according to label directions.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the plant from the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide and antibacterial solution. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Desert Rose


Endemic to the mostly dry regions of northern Namibia and southern Angola.


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