Plant of the Week: Jatropa

Jatropha is a beautiful, semi-tropical, flowering plant that becomes covered in masses of bright red flowers from spring to fall. This plant is extremely butterfly friendly- especially to Zebra Wing Butterflies.

Although Jatropha can grow quite tall- even into a small tree, it can be clipped and kept managed at a shorter height. Normal heights for Jatropha are you going 6’-8’ with widths being 3’-5’.

Jatropha loves the hot sun although can tolerate partial shade. Although is not salt tolerant at all, the deer usually don’t bother it.