Category: Alpines and Rock Gardens Perennials Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pale Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Deciduous Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From herbaceous stem cuttings Allow cut surface to callous over before planting From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On May 29, 2009, carpathiangirl from Akron, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:
One of my favorite indoor plants. I started it from seed 3 years back and it was one of the easiest plants to grow. They are said to bloom next year from seed but I have yet to see mine. Very slow growing for me, maybe lack of ferilizer? Anyway one of the most interesting and unusual plants.
On Jul 4, 2008, Mr_Cleaver from Reeders, PA (Zone 4a) wrote:
I have not had good experiences with Pachy's, but this one is very happy. So are my young P. saundersii, so if these plants are new to you try the Pachypodium saundersii. I must also add that they need to rest and go dormant in their off season to flower. As soon as you see the leaves start to yellow, STOP watering. The young ones will die when watered too late in their season. I've done it. Start lite watering in the spring.
On Oct 14, 2007, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
I have the dwarf form of this plant.Judging by how well it grew through our cool dry summer,it might be a good candidate for the outdoor succulent garden in the bay area. Mine actually looks better than it did when it came right out of the growers greenhouse in May. Since its hardened off i see no reason not to plant this late in the year.
EDIT: Update, I cant believe its been almost three years since posting. As of March 2010 P.saundersi has done well in ground here(taking a handful of 33f nights unprotected over two winters) in the SF bay area. Hasn't flowered,but it wasnt much more than a seedling in 07. Right now still out of leaf and not a large plant unless you compare it to 07-THEN you see the marked growth,added branching. A nice stout alternative to the P.lamerei's.
2012: Its still going..very little water and I accidentally cut it in half last summer weeding with a maddock. I want to move it to a more protected and yet more visible part of the yard. You might have a hard time finding a more tough Pachypodium species.
On Aug 19, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
THis is one of my favorite Pachypodiums.. haven't planted one in the ground yet, but in a pot does great in So Cal even over the winter outdoors... so obviously a zone 11 is a bit timid... it does great in zone 9b and has taken frost down to 25F without even any damage at all- does lose all it's leaves in the first frost, but no problem with rotting of the caudex if planted in really well draining soil.
Massive caudiciform plant. Lovely flowers and easy to grow. Beware thorns though!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Maricopa, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Peoria, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Brea, California Carlsbad, California Hayward, California La Presa, California Reseda, California Thousand Oaks, California Tulare, California Country Walk, Florida South Venice, Florida Nahunta, Georgia Maalaea, Hawaii Moss Bluff, Louisiana Austin, Texas Balcones Heights, Texas Floresville, Texas San Antonio, Texas