water when growing, keep on the dry side in winter
Soil & Site
Can tolerate into the 40 degrees but prefers a minimum in the 50 degree F.
pale pink, deep red petal margins, always fading to near white toward the throat, floral tube is white
stems (caudex) become bonsai-like with age
a shrub that can reach up to 5 feet, much smaller in containers
Native to Eastern Africa to southern Arabia.
Discovered in 1762 by P. Forsskai, a German scientist.
Sap is poisonous.
I have been growing this plant for about 5 years. It grows on a west window and out doors during the summer. One year it was out during a light frost and the top turned to mush. I cut off the dead part and to my surprise it sprouted 1/2 dozen branches from nodes on the caudex stem.