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Plant Know-How: Pachypodium lamerei

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This plant may look a little intimidating with its spiky exterior but its nothing to be afraid of! This is Pacyhpodium lamerei, commonly called a Madagascar Palm, despite not being a palm at all. You may have guessed from its cactus-esque looks that this is a hot, arid loving plant. Pachypodium lamerei is a succulent native to Madagascar where it grows in arid, desert like conditions. As Pachypodium lamerei grows it develops a thick trunk where it stores water. This type of plant is known as a pachycaul. We love Pachypodium lamerei for its truly unusual looks and growth habit. If you want to bring home one of these unique specimens we have all the information you'll need to grow your Pachypodium lamerei!
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Light: Pachypodium lamerei requires direct sun to very bright indirect light to thrive. This is a plant that will do well outdoors or inside in a hot, sunny spot.

Water: Allow your Pachypodium lamerei to go completely dry in-between watering. In the hot, summer months Pachypodium lamerei will be active and growing and should be watered more frequently than in the winter months when it is dormant.

Did you know? If grown outside Pachypodium lamerei produces large, fragrant white flowers!