The Fuqua Conservatory’s Desert House offers a glimpse into this harsh, beautiful world, and explores the unique ways that plants thrive in the desert.
Far from barren, deserts are actually teeming with life. The arid regions of Madagascar and southern Africa are particularly notable, home to an astonishing array of species. Nearly all of the plant species that grow in these regions are endemic — found nowhere else in the world — and there are a great number of them. Madagascar alone as more than 11,000 endemic plant species.
There are no cacti in the Desert House. These plants are mostly succulents, including Euophorbia, Aloe, Haworthia, Adeniums (Desert Rose) and Welwitschia.
Because many of the plants in the Desert House have different growing requirements, microclimates are created by using different soils and watering regimes. Temperatures may be cooler than you expect: 68-72° F in the day, 60° at night.