Adenium Swazicum
Adenium Swazicum

Adenium Swazicum


Adenium Swazicum is best known to be a strange tree-like succulent. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to 60 cm (24″) tall. The plant’s main feature is the enlarged stems that grow freely in all directions. The stem will become thicker over time and make this unique plant more prominent. When the plant produces flowers expect them to be pink.


Adenium Swazicum


Adenium Swazicum  : A rare, small, dry deciduous or evergreen, succulent shrub, native to dry regions in southern Mozambique and South Africa. It forms a thick, swollen, smooth trunk with only a few branches, each of which holds a terminal tuft of small simple leaves and beautiful, bright to pale pink flowers. A stunning plant for cultivation in the drier tropics and a popular subject for pots and bonsai training. Adenium swazicum is much more rare in cultivation than the common A. obesum.


Cultural Requirements
Sun Exposure Full sun from early age
Light shade when young
Frost Tolerance None
Water Requirements Low
Drought Tolerance Yes
Wind Tolerance Moderate
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Form Small Tree
Ornamental Value Breathtaking
Properties Evergreen
Gardening Bonsai
Plant Group Ornamental Shrubs
Botanical Order Gentianales
Botanical Family Apocynaceae


Care and Propagation Information


Adenium Swazicum can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care of. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your plant healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Adenium Swazicum

This succulent type is a unique one that blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy pink flowers. It is a nice addition to your collection of plants especially if you have it displayed in a beautiful pot.

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Quick Facts:

Where to Plant

Adenium Swazicum succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

When selecting what pot to use be sure that you understand the difference between the material used (See our guide on how to pick the best plant pot).


How to Propagate Adenium Swazicum

The plant can be propagated by cuttings, offsets or seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store. You can learn all about How To Repot Succulents in our guide.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.


How to Propagate Adenium Swazicum From Cuttings

When propagating the plant from cuttings, cut a leaf from the mother plant carefully with a clean knife or scissors. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How to Propagate Adenium Swazicum From Offsets

The plant propagates from offsets. To be able to propagate from the mother plant, you might wait several years for the main plant to produce an offset. To start this process, use a sharp knife and remove an offset from the main plant. When you remove the offset, clean the extra soil from it. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How to Propagate Adenium Swazicum Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Adenium Swazicum is native to South Africa and Swaziland.