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Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha)
Jatropha integerrima - Spicy Jatropha from Mortellaros

Spicy Jatropha

Jatropha Firecracker

Jatropha integerrima

Jatropha, also known as Peregrina or Spicy Jatropha, is a tropical shrub or small tree known for its attractive red flowers and glossy green leaves. Native to the Caribbean and Central America, it is a popular ornamental plant in warmer climates. In central Texas, can be a striking addition to gardens due to its year-round blooming potential and ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators. However, its sensitivity to cold temperatures poses a significant challenge, as the plant is not frost-tolerant and can be damaged or killed by freezing conditions.


To address the issue of freeze sensitivity, growing Jatropha in containers is highly recommended. Container planting allows for greater control over the plant's environment, making it easier to move the Jatropha indoors or to a sheltered location during cold spells.  Containers should be large enough to accommodate the plant's root system and should have good drainage to prevent waterlogging, which Jatropha is sensitive to.


In addition to protection from freezing temperatures, container cultivation of Jatropha integerrima offers other benefits. It allows gardeners to control soil quality and moisture levels more effectively, ensuring optimal growing conditions. Regular pruning can keep the plant at a manageable size, enhancing its ornamental appeal and promoting healthy growth.


Not recommended to be planted in areas with children or pets as the entire plant is considered toxic.

2007 Texas Superstar
Summer Bloomer
Container Speciman
Toxic to Pets & Humans

Flower Color:

Red

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Height

3-5 ft

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Spread

3-4 ft

Available Sizes:

Item Description
JAT-COM-05 #003 JATROPHA, COMPACT RED View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
High
Exposure
Full Shade
Habit
Tropical
Water Needs
Medium
Soil pH Preference
Acidic
Toxic to Pets
Fruits
Branches
Roots
Seeds
Leaves