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PlantFiles: Pachypodium
Pachypodium rosulatum

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pachypodium (pak-uh-PO-dee-um) (Info)
Species: rosulatum (ros-yoo-LAY-tum) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive carpathiangirl On May 29, 2009, carpathiangirl from Akron, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Love it! I started it from seed which are not hard to find on-line and very easy to germinate and grow. Now I have 4 of them, they are 3 y.o. and I'm about to see the first bloom! They are said to bloom the next year from seed but it took me a little longer. But I'm exited anyway -- a little thing 3-4 in. tall got looooooong stalk full of big yellow buds. And it funny plant too: the glossy green leaves are longer than the stem!

Positive IslandJim On Apr 11, 2004, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This fat plant [caudiciform] needs a common name. It is seen increasingly at cactus and succulent shows and sales. The stem, which is barely visible at the bottom right-center of my picture, is heavily thorned like most other pachypodiums. The flower has no scent that I can detect, but it's hayfever season here so I probably couldn't detect a skunk.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Orange, California
Upland, California
Miami, Florida
Palm Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida
Akron, Ohio

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