Pachypodium namaquanum Elephant's trunk
(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Native to Namibia this nice succulent plant can grow up to 4 meters. The warty trunk, thickset at the base and tapering to the top, is densely covered in sharp spines. Where damaged, the trunk produces side-branches that immediately curve back to the vertical. While the very top of the plant is usually bent to the north. There is a crown or tuft of undulate leaves at the apex of the trunk during the growing season which is throughout the winter months. The tubular velvet-textured flowers appear from August to October and result in twin seedpods in a V-shape.
Recommended temperature zone: USDA: 11-12
Frost tolerance: Will take some light frost
Sun exposure: Light shade to full sun
Origin: Namibia, South Africa
Growth habits: Shrub or small tree, growing extremely slowly to 10" (3 m)
Watering needs: Moderate water during the growing season
Cultural practices: Pachypodium namaquanum is a winter grower, it grows from August to November. Give it water during this growing period, and minimum to no water the rest of the time
Blooming habits: The Pachypodium namaquanum generally blooms at 6 year old or older, about 12" tall (30 cm). The petals have dark red tips. The plant has another flush of leaves after blooming.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz