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Pachypodium saundersii

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pachypodium (pak-uh-PO-dee-um) (Info)
Species: saundersii (son-DER-see-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Pachypodium lealii var. saundersii

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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


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:

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

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7 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FritoB On Apr 22, 2013, FritoB from Lake Charles, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

We love this plant, but cannot get it to flower every year.

I wouldn't recommend making cuttings. For us, the cuttings died and the plant has never healed. There is an open hole for every place we cut a branch off (5+ years ago).

The blooms are delicate and smell like perfume. Very slow growing.

Positive carpathiangirl 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.

Positive Mr_Cleaver 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.

Positive BayAreaTropics 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.

Positive gil782 On May 15, 2005, gil782 from San Antonio, TX wrote:

This plant is great. I would recommend it for anyone. Yet I still have not seen it bloom, does anyone know how long till that or if I'm doing something wrong?

Positive palmbob On Aug 19, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) 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.

Positive lynxx On May 26, 2003, lynxx wrote:

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
Reseda, California
Spring Valley, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Tulare, California
Delray Beach, Florida
Miami, Florida
Venice, Florida
Nahunta, Georgia
Wailuku, Hawaii
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Austin, Texas
Floresville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

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