• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide; slightly taller with age.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Summer Flowers
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:JAT-roh-fuh in-teg-er-EE-muh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide; slightly taller with age.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Design IdeasMakes an exceptional privacy screen hedge whether sheared or left natural to bloom. Great for blocking unsightly views and buffering street noise. Use as a background for outdoor living spaces, art and fountains.
    Companion PlantsHibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Plumbago (Plumbago); Lantana (Lantana);Canna (Canna)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in a wide range of soils, provided it is well-drained. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Protect from frost; may be overwintered indoors in colder zones. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Clip spent flowers for a neat appearance.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The genus Jatropha falls into the Euphorbia family, and contains about 150 species all originating in warm, tropical or low desert climates around the world. There is incredible diversity within the genus. This species is native to a large range, including much of the West Indies. This short stature of cultivar is of unknown origin.
    Lore:
    It is called peregrina in Latin America where its famed for blooming year around in the tropics.