Pachypodium densiflorum, Pachypodium

Pachypodium densiflorum

Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: Madagascar
Plant with caudexSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersThorny or spiny

This small shrub is 2-5 ft in height, with triangular leaves and spiny, thick stems spreading in small clusters. It is a full sun plant that prefers moderate levels of water. It produces yellow or orange flowers in the summer.

Pachypodium densiflorum is a plant native to Madagascar, and the species is quite hardy. It can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9-11 and is capable of withstanding heat and some frost. In colder regions, it can still be grown in a pot. The caudex needs to be protected from frost in such cases, as well as sheltered from heavy winds. When grown in pots, Pachypodium densiflorum needs to be fed with a half-strength, balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the active growing season.

When it comes to watering, Pachypodium densiflorum should be watered regularly, although be careful to not over water the plant. The pot should have drainage holes for excess water. During the hottest days of summer, it is a good idea to give the plant an occasional misting to help keep it cool.

Pachypodium densiflorum is a great addition to any garden or home due to its hardiness and vibrant colors. With its yellow and orange flowers, thorny or spiny stems, and sizeable caudex, it is a unique and eye-catching specimen. Though a full sun plant, it does not need too much water and can tolerate some frost, making it an ideal plant for anyone looking for a low-maintenance shrub.

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