Spicy JatrophaSunday, May 31, 2009
This row of Spicy Jatropha is located at the entrance of the Jumble Station and Food Bank storeroom at my church.
The flowers were so graceful amidst the strong wind when I was passing the entrance last Sunday.
Jatropha Integerrima is its botanic name and it originated from Cuba. The plant can be grown in container and reach about 10 feet high. This row of Spicy Jatropha plants are grown in planter's boxes, in two rows (left and right side of the door), decorating the walls of the entrance.
The plant produces striking red flowers in small clusters at the end of its stems. The beautiful green leaves are fiddle-shaped.
The plant can be propagated either by seeds or cuttings. However, be careful with this plant as all parts are poisonous especially the seed (not seen here).
I learnt that there is another Jatropha that has pink flowers. Their wonderful flower blooms whole year round!