Jatropha is the one shrub you can count on for year round blooms, with bright scarlet flower clusters that attract butterflies. A delightful shrub for a sunny spot in any size South Florida landscape, this pretty plant grows full and lush with regular trimming, and makes an excellent accent or anchor for a garden bed with other butterfly attracting plants. Not well-suited for sheared, manicured hedges, these plants are better in a more natural form. But with frequent "haircuts" minor trimming back of branches they can be kept nicely rounded for a formal landscape.
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In tropical and subtropical areas, it's easy to find jatropha also called peregrina. This beautiful plant is commonly planted for its nearly constant display of beautiful star-shaped red flowers and dark green, evergreen foliage. Jatropha isn't just popular in front yards and back-yard gardens because it's pretty, however: this outstanding tropical shrub is also a cinch to grow!
Because it holds its flowers above the foliage, jatropha is delightfully showy. The flowers bring butterflies and attract hummingbirds, which bring an extra dose of color into your yard. It grows well both in landscape beds and in large containers, making it a perfect accent plant in your landscape, as well as in decorative containers on your deck, patio, or balcony.
Jatropha can grow to 15 feet tall and wide and is hardy in Zone In colder-winter areas, you can grow jatropha as a beautiful patio tropical for the summer.
Jatropha Questions? We love chatting with other gardeners. If you have questions about jatropha, just drop us an email and our experts will get back to you. Grow jatropha in full sun at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day for the most blooms.
Once established, this beautiful landscape plant holds up fairy well to dry conditions, making it a good choice for yards that don't have regular irrigation during dry spells. Like most plants, it flowers best when it gets an even supply of moisture though the season. This is especially true if you grow jatropha in a container garden. You can prune jatropha at any time. If you would like yours to grow in a tree shape, simply cut out all but one stem coming out of the ground to force it to have a trunk.
Then remove lower branches from your jatropha as it grows. Fertilize jatropha, if necessary, in the spring and summer months. Most of the time, this landscape shrub doesn't require fertilization unless it's grown in container gardens. Note: Jatropha is not intended for human or animal consumption. Copperleaf Copperleaf has bold variegated foliage that makes a beautiful accent to jatropha's lovely red flowers. Mandevilla Complement jatropha's blooms with the rich red flowers of mandevilla.
Golden Dewdrop Create a fun contrast by pairing jatropha, and its rich red flowers, with the blue blooms of golden dewdrop.
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Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! Jatropha integerrima, commonly called peregrine, spicy jatropha or firecracker, is native to Cuba and can grow in USDA hardiness zones 10B through Jatropha belongs in the Euphorbiaceae family and is a massive bush or multi-trunked, tropical evergreen tree that grows to mature heights of up to 15 feet tall with similar-sized canopies. Jatropha produces lustrous leaves and groups of vivid red star-shaped blossoms all year. Prune your jatropha during the dormant season.
How to Trim Jatropha
Jatropha is a small evergreen tree native to West Indies. Later it spread to southern parts of the US, where it became popular. The plant blooms most of the year with bright red flowers and dark green leaves. The plant is found to bloom throughout the year when it is planted in tropical and subtropical areas.