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PlantFiles: Jatropha
Jatropha cathartica

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Jatropha (JAT-roh-fuh) (Info)
Species: cathartica (kat-AR-tik-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Jatropha berlandieri

20 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive WNYwillieB On Jul 14, 2008, WNYwillieB from Buffalo, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is an awesome little guy, for sure.

However, I have been reading that they can become damaged if the temps drop much below 50F ...

I was wondering if anyone has had any personal experience with them surviving lower temps.

I ask because I am not sure the temperature info listed on this page is safe.

Positive daisyavenue On Aug 24, 2004, daisyavenue from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is a delightful little plant.

Soil should be a succulent/regular plant mix and should drain well and be allowed to dry between waterings.

Should the container get both too damp and cold, the stems may become very soft and gummy.

The 'flowers' are perfect miniature exotics.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
La Puente, California
Long Beach, California
Melbourne Beach, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Venice, Florida
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Freeport, Texas

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