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Desert rose is a sun-loving plant, so grow it in the brightest spot you have. It's equally outstanding grown in landscape beds or borders as it is in containers and planters on decks, patios, and other outdoor spaces.

Water desert rose regularly for best results. The plant tolerates low-water conditions, but if it dries out too much, it will lose some or all of its leaves. (Don't worry if this happens; your desert rose will grow new leaves when it starts to get enough water again.)  

Fertilize desert rose in spring and summer, if you wish, with a general-purpose fertilizer. Take care to follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging. 

Because desert rose is a slow-growing plant, pruning is not necessary.

Note: Desert rose is not meant for human or animal consumption. All parts of this plant are considered poisonous. 

Highly durable and attractive, this popular Mexican native has tight rosettes of blue-green leaves bearing clusters of red and yellow flowers in spring and early summer. Useful as a rock garden plant or groundcover, spreading slowly by offsets. Great in containers. A frost-tender evergreen.

Japanese maples also do nicely in all but the densest shade, but red varieties may not color as well without a few hours of sun, preferably morning sun. Other options include paw paw ( Asimina triloba ), American hornbeam ( Carpinus caroliniana ), Carolina silverbell ( Halesia carolina ), witch hazel ( Hamamelis x intermedia ), possumhaw ( Ilex decidua ), American hophornbeam ( Ostrya virginiana ), red buckeye ( Aesculus glabra ), redbud ( Cercis canadensis ), Anacacho orchid tree ( Bauhinia ), Stewartia , Gardenia and Camellia .


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