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Jatropha compacta/Compact Spicy Jatropha

Jatropha compacta / Jatropha compacta
Specimen shrub in bloom in a Bermuda garden
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Specimen shrub in bloom in a Bermuda garden

Flowers produces on long stems

Cluster of flowers

Close-up view of small funnel-shaped flowers

Close-up of many inflorescence

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Scientific Name: Jatropha compacta
Common Name: Compact Spicy Jatropha
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Comments: This is a tropical that blooms most of the year in warm climates. The bright red to vermilion colored flowers are waxy and star-shaped. Keep in mind that all parts of this plant are poisonous. Jatrophas can be planted in the ground in warm climates and make excellent container plants in places where freezes occur because they will need winter protection. Grow easily from freshly harvested seed. They grow best in full sunlight and in a porous, sandy soil. These plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies.