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Desert Rose

Desert Rose

This beautiful flower grows on a lush, beautiful bush in my neighbor’s front yard. The other day I asked for permission to photograph the coffee tree in their front yard, and when permission was granted, I snapped this pic as well. We have one of these flowers in our yard, too. It is about 18 inches tall. I am never going to get to see it grow taller because I am certain it won’t fit in my suitcase, or survive the 30 days transport to Washington State with our household goods.

The Desert Rose, Adenium, is native to Southern Africa and Arabia, but is a very popular house plant in temperate regions.  It thrives on small amounts of moisture, much like a cactus and is a good house plant for under attentive caretakers.  That means if I can find one in Washington, I might actually be able to grow it!


  1. That’s another pretty picture of a pretty Hawaiian pretty flower. Is your neighbor’s coffee tree growing Kona Macadamia Coffee beans? You can bring this good brew back to the states without any problems from with the law.
    You’re doing the right thingk, Quilly. You aren’t supposed to bring plants out of Hawaii to the states. Other stuff the mover can move. I once moved a Vespa motor scooter which was temporarily called by ‘lawn mower’ from Texas to New Hampshire.
    One of these days I’m going to the spy/police store for a big ear. I can do a lot of eavesdropping in on golfer conversaiton from my back porch. It will take all of my birthday money plus a little. 🙂

    1. Jim, one can’t bring plants in to Hawaii, but I didn’t know there was a restriction on taking them out. On the way in they actually search luggage for such things. On the way out they don’t.

  2. Mine in my yard is such the pits…LOL. But I refuse to cut the stupid thing down LOL Thanks tor helping today. I did a post on it Q 😉

    1. Thom — ours is in a pot. You can have it when we leave and take care of it and love it and remember us by it.

      I read your post. I didn’t help much, but you’ve proven once again that you are the friend to have.

  3. What a coincidence that you’ve got the same photo as the one I took, and yours is so much better! It’s so crisp. I gotta get back to reading my manual to try to get my macro photos crisper.

  4. What a beautiful flower, I hope you’re able to find one to grow in Washington to bring a bit of the tropics to your new home.

    I’d love to see that photo of the coffee tree, I don’t have the faintest idea what a coffee tree looks like.

  5. Another beautiful Hawaii flower! I imagine if I were living in your state, I would have one of these as a house plant. Not sure if they have them around here in these parts. I have a Christmas cactus, but it is not as beautiful as the desert rose.

    In response to my “corn salad” that I posted today – – I am uncertain of the nutritional value. The corn, beans, tomatoes and onions should have very little fat and are all filling foods making it very high in fiber. The feta cheese is the most fattening ingredient, but in moderation it won’t hurt ya. You can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you wish. Try it!

    1. Church Lady — if you were living in Hawaii, you’d have it in your YARD, just like I do. Along with orchids, Mock Orange, Frangipani and dozens of other glorious things! If you are to have it inside where you live, you will need supplemental lighting.

  6. People have them here too! I was just thinking the other day of planting them too. They are very beautiful and if they grow in “the wild” over there, I´m sure they would “survive” in my garden too… 🙂

  7. Quilly this is extraordinary the color doesn’t Pop it SCREAMS! You captured this to perfection…. lighting, focus it’s all there!

    1. Amanda — that is 9 a.m. sunlight and a bright and beautiful day. I snapped this from about 3 feet away with the long lens set on 200mm. I did nothing to the photograph but crop a quarter inch or so from the edges.

    1. Darn, Melli — did you have to ask that question? Amoeba says that if I am to grow them in Washington, they will need remedial light in the winter time — just like I do!

    1. Polona — despite those extra sharp, crisp edges, this came out of the camera looking just like this. I was pleased and surprised at the crispness. Growing them in Washington may be more of a challenge than I anticipated. Amoeba says I will have to install plant lighting.

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