Pachypodium succulentum (L. f.) Sweet
Echites succulentus (basionym)
Pachypodium succulentum is a succulent shrublet with a large tuberous stem, up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter and up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall, most of which is below ground level. Slender, somewhat twisted, up to 2 feet (60 cm) long branches, stand erect or slightly drooping. The upper parts of the branches are interspersed with spines. Leaves are narrow, dark green, scattered along the stems, and clustered towards the ends of branches. Flowers are pink or white.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The attractive flowers of Pachypodiums and the intriguing shapes of their swollen stems make them desirable for any garden. They are not suitable for cold or damp gardens and are very sensitive to frost. If planted in a sunny garden that experiences occasional frost, they should be given a warm, sheltered position.
They make good accent plants in a rock garden, especially when grouped with other caudiciform succulent plants. All need full sun, lots of water (except during the dormant phase), and must have good drainage.
Almost all species are surprisingly adaptable to cultivation, changing their growing season when grown in the northern hemisphere.
These plants like ample light and grow best in full sun. Partial shade is tolerated but may discourage flowering. When grown in a glasshouse, ventilation is important. Abundant water is required during the growing season, depending on the species and the specimen's size. Allow the soil to dry out before adding more water.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Pachypodium.
Native to the Cape Provinces and the Free State province of South Africa.
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