Jatropha is a member of the Euphorbiaceae plant family and like other plants of the same family Jatrophas produce a milky sap if injured. Not all plants in the Euphorbiaceae family will produce a sap that can irritate the skin, but the milky latex that exudes from the injured plant parts of Jatropha can.
Jatropha is native to South Africa, Madagascar, and tropical North, Central, and South America, as well as the West Indies.
|Plant Types:||Interior Plant, Perennial, Succulent|
|Height:||1 foot 8 inches|
|Zones:||10a to 15b|
|Bloom Seasons:||Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Mid winter, Late winter|
|Special Features:||All or parts of this plant are poisonous|
|Shape:||Upright or erect|
|Fertilizer:||Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food|
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Propagate from the seed in spring or summer at 75°F (24°C).
Succulent perennials and evergreen shrubs, found in dry or semi-moist habitats. Grows best in full sun. Where temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C), raise plants in a warm greenhouse or conservatory. A warm greenhouse has a minimum temperature of 55°F (13°C). During the day, temperatures should be set to 55-64°F (13-18°C) or above, and at night, the temperature should be at 55°F (13°C). In warmer areas, grow plants as hedges or in shrub borders.
Blooms diurnal flowers in summer with prominent petals.
Grows best in soil that is moderately fertile, humus-rich, gritty and sharpy drained. Indoor plants do well with a blend of 2 parts soil-based potting mix and 1 part each of leaf mold and grit. Try to keep plants completely dry in fall and winter.
Needs moderately fertile soil. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthy during the spring and summer months.
Remove crossing or wayward shoots in late winter or early spring to maintain a healthy framework.
Scale insects and mealybugs can cause problems. Also prone to mushroom root rot, rust, and fungal leaf spots.