Sorry, Food Network, you got it wrong. The succulents that a Holiday Baking finalist sculpted from frosting are not "desert roses"---that's Adenium obesum. Hers were echeverias. Here's why.
Contestant Aishia Martinez, a finalist on TV Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship" Season 9, Episode 8, referred to the succulents she fashioned to decorate a chocolate tart as "my favorite succulent, the desert rose." This likely sent thousands of viewers to the Internet to learn more about such stunning plants, which on Aishia's confection resemble thick-leaved, blue-gray roses.
Aishia is a creative, competent and likable baker, and the Food Network happens to be my favorite channel. I do hope she and the producers forgive me for correcting a minor error: "desert rose"---which is uncommon because it's tricky to grow---looks entirely different from the decorations she created.
The delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers of Adenium obesum are bright shades of red or pink, never blue-gray. Adeniums form branching shrubs with bulbous trunks, slender green leaves, and five-petalled flowers that resemble plumerias. The plants are native to Southern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and (sorry, Food Network), happen to be poisonous.
What Aishia no doubt meant are different, highly popular succulents that do indeed resemble roses and come in the colors she chose: echeverias. These do not, however, grow in deserts but rather are native to the mountains of Mexico.
There! Mine may be the only site with the correct info, for those of you who have been searching, searching...and not finding. If so, welcome. You've arrived at the Internet's most comprehensive, non-commercial website dedicated to succulents with an emphasis on design. Feel free to settle in, browse a bit, and leave a comment or question.
And Aishia, if you happen to stop by, please accept my admiration and applause.
P.S. I'm hopeless at baking.
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