I was as pleased as punch when I bought the Adenium Obesum (AO) Purple Rain. I thought I had found the ultimate AO, until I saw a picture of the Triple Amazing Thailand.
It was on the internet, and it was just incredible. It was the sweetest pink colour. Irresistible. The Triple Amazing Thailand (TAT) put the Purple Rain in the shade.
But it was out of reach … it would probably be a couple of years before it reached our shores.
So when I saw pots of TAT at a garden centre, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Surprisingly the TAT was even cheaper than the Purple Rain. I was thrilled. Mum was suspicious and skeptical. “Maybe there’s something wrong with it,” she said, looking dubiously at a brown patch on one of the buds.
I pooh-poohed her fears; I wasn’t about to let TAT slip through our fingers. It was worth the risk, I thought. So I carried our booty and floated home on cloud nine.
Weeks passed. Fortunately, Mum’s fears were unfounded.
The buds are swirls of pink that unfurl to reveal daffodil-like blooms.
The outer crepe-like petals are the lightest shade of pink with a darker streak down the centres. Overlapping petals, a couple of shades darker, form its fluted heart.
I can spend hours gazing at its pink perfection. It’s a beauty; an Amazing beauty …
Care and propagation: light, well-drained media; full sun; water sparingly; propagate using seeds or cuttings