Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jatropha integerrima....Spicy jatropha

Wildwood is in USDA Zone 9a, not 9b or 10. This plant is really not a 9a plant. The color, a bit washied out in this photo, is unbelievable. There are different varieties with subtly different colored flowers, but they are all crazy colorful. It flowers continuously except that it doesn't handle frost really well. I think that it'll come back from the roots, but that remains to be seen. If it does, it grows so quickly that it could be a 6'+ perennial. If not, there'll be an opening from a medium to large shrub on the se side of the garden!

1 comment:

Dr. K. C. Reddy said...

Yes, there are different flower color Jatropha integerrima plants are also available in India. All of them are ornamental plants. These plants have been used in Public and Home Gardens Gardens. They flower almost all the seasons but they end up with few fruits which are very small and have shattering behavior. Further plant growth and development is very slow and they have very hard stem. We are using these plants in Jatropha breeding program and getting interesting results.