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Article: Introduction to Jatrophas: Jatropha Multifida

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BambooChic
Prattville, AL

June 15, 2009
11:49 AM

Post #6689245

About seven years ago, my son drove his friend and friends mother to Florida. The lady they stayed with gave him many plants to bring home to me when he told her that I was a plantaholic and would love her gardens. One was a Jatropha Multifida. I have kept this plant very healthy simply by putting it out on my back porch in the sun after last frost and bringing it in to my cool, master bath (north side) which is more of a sunroom, before first frost here in southern Alabama. I give it no water once it is inside except for a sip once a month and it gradually loses all it's leaves. Come spring you can see it begin to get new life and it starts all over again. It's about five feet tall and has never been repotted, although, I think I will repot it this summer to give it some fresh, light, soil mix. Very easy and really neat looking.
wormfood
Lecanto, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2009
10:06 PM

Post #6702380

I've got my first mulyifida too and I'm surprised that it's in the Euphorbia catagory. His buddy plant is a Spinach Tree, also an Euphorbia. Thanks again, Palmbob.

BambooChic, I keep mine in a shadehouse (min 40*) out of rain and cold and it doesn't lose it's leaves, I also water it because I didn't know it was an Ephorb.
barbsalim
Miami, FL

June 19, 2009
4:51 PM

Post #6710866

In Miami, we also have a white flower version of multifida.
Both the white and red flowered ones are pretty common here, also very pretty!
wormfood
Lecanto, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #6712467

Cnidoscolus aconitifolius Spinach Tree is white
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54381/
Jatropha multifida Coral Tree is red
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/55308/
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