One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
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!