Compact Spicy Jatropha
Compact Spicy Jatropha
Jatropha integerrima 'Compacta'Item #4666 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
Clusters of rich rose-red flowers appear at the branch tips of this easy-care, tropical evergreen shrub. An excellent compact hedge or border accent. New foliage emerges bronze and turns vivid green with age. Resilient to extreme summer heat. Makes a great patio tub specimen. Also suitable for indoor use.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide; slightly taller with age.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:JAT-roh-fuh in-teg-er-EE-muhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide; slightly taller with age.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationGrows 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. Remove spent blooms for a tidy appearance.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.