Adenia glauca is a very attractive caudiciform succulent plant. It starts forming a fat trunk almost from seed germination and keeps getting fatter as it grows. It will attain a base that is one meter wide with vine that can run for several meters. Trim the vines to keep the plant looking neat and from over-running your other plants. It has an attractive green trunk, the color stops just an inch or so above the soil. Although Adenia glauca was very uncommon in the market place prior to 2005, it has become almost as common as an average cactus. However, it has not been offered by big box retailers yet. It can mostly be found at independent nurseries and on the Internet.
Yes, A. glauca and A. spinosa do look very similar when young. A. spinosa tends to have more
of a purple skin, but it can be green also. Just the opposite is true
for A. glauca, which tends to have a green exterior, but sometimes can
be purple. They both grow summer season vines, with three lobed leaves,
that drop off in late fall. A. spinosa tends to grow vines that stay
relatively thin, whereas, A. glauca vines become thick near the main
trunk. You may also notice differences in the flower. A. glauca flowers
are light yellow, and A. spinosa flowers are more white.