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In the garden: Impala lily (Adenium Multiflorum)

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Unread post by Neelsv » Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:30 pm

Bucky, It is now a while ago since this thread has started - I mentioned at the very start that I have bought the Impala and Kudu lily. Now I need to mention that both these plants withstood the winter and are pushing new leaves- Thanks to you and everybody who gave advice. Hopefully it has taken now I am waiting for the flowers!

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Unread post by Marloti » Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:14 am

Impala lilies must be the most popular plant sold at Skukuza Nursery!

I must just ad a short warning: They do not like wet feet! Ensure that they are well drained, and not watered too often. They do tend to rot when wet for too long. :wink:
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Unread post by Senyetse » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:17 pm

They do however need feeding in the form of fertiliser.
The important thing is that the soil must be well-drained and be kept dry in winter when the plant is dormant.
Here's a link, look at the section on growing impala lilies - Impala lily on plantzafrica
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Unread post by francoisd » Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:25 am

Impala lily in Letaba taken on our recent trip
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Unread post by JenB » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:40 am

Hi everyone,

I am no gardening expert so please do not be mistaken!

It is quite a challenge for me to successfully grow unusual plants like the Impala and Kudu lilies. After quite a few attempts at it - at last - I have happily surviving plants!

My advise will be to rather plant them into pots first instead of straight into the garden. Try to simulate their natural environment as close as possible. If you notice a negative change in the plant it is easy to rethink and move the pot.

I am proud to say the I have a Pachypodium namaquanum (elephant's trunk ( Eng. ); halfmens (Afr.) ) and two Gloriosa superba (Flame lily) plants growing happily in Johannesburg. Next I would like to try my hand at Welwitschia mirabilis, so if anybody know where I can get seed from, please let me know.
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Re: Impala Lily (Adenium multiflorum)

Unread post by Vols » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:45 pm

I was in the KNP from the 12th - 19th and must say that the bush looks amazing with all the Impala lilies. Here are some of the flowers in Skukuza


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Re: Impala Lily (Adenium multiflorum)

Unread post by KNP-Junkee » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:12 am

Thanks Imberbe, I had a look on google at the Namibian one, lovely flowers but I was convinced this morning when I got up that they are indeed Impala lilys, a few more flowers opened up. The shape also defines it clearly.

This was the whiter flower I was refering to, I can only think they become whiter as they get older, because the colors on the new flowers are stunning!

Two pics from last night :

Then this morning :



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Re: Impala Lily (Adenium multiflorum)

Unread post by Crested Barbet » Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:50 pm

Admiring the beauty of the impala lilies at Shingwedzi


I noticed that if you look closer


there may be even more to see.


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Re: Impala Lily (Adenium multiflorum)

Unread post by Wild about cats » Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:22 am

Impala Lillies at Malelane Gate
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Unread post by MelissaK » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:35 pm

Hello, everyone!

Finally I find this forum, and can post a photo of a sad Impala Lily I found in the Botanical garden here on St. Croix, in the Caribbean.

They have it in a smallish pot, three or four gallons, in mostly shade, and soaking wet! The ferns crowding the pot must be saving its' life. The plant is over two meters tall, and has grayish, rounded, wavy leaves. The few small flowers are breath taking. They are a bit narrower than any of the other Impala Litllies in photos. The main stem is smaller than my wrist. it's a sad example compared to the photos I've seen here and online.

I need to talk to the man a little more. He was not impressed with the plant. He said he'd dug it up. He was so grouchy that I didn't want to pressure him much more. I will ask him if there was a caudex.

Will a cutting take root like other Adeniums? There is a new sprout at the bottom, green and growing madly, would that take root better than an older part of this plant?

They refuse to sell this plant, and I am trying to convince them to give/sell me a cutting. But I want to be sure that it will root!

Can I pollinate the blooms on the plant, or, is it self-fertile, meaning, do I have to have a different Adenium for pollination? We don't have any insects here that pollinate Adeniums.


Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Melissa

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Re: Succulent: Impala Lily (Adenium multiflorum)

Unread post by john n poppy » Mon May 21, 2012 2:28 pm

Hi all,

Just for info, I bought a 15cm impala lily from skukuza last year and brought it home as a root without soil in my staffordshire, England. :D

I thought it might have died over winter.....but 2 weeks ago it began to grow and I now have 2 leaves growing out of the top. :dance:

I have it in a pot with a glass dome over it, facing the sun, so it doesnt get too cold.

I was wundering how many years is it till it may flower...does anyone know?

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