The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Euphorbiaceae.

Jatropha podagrica Common name(s): Bottle plant
Jatropha Genus of about 170 species of succulent perennials and evergreen shrubs, rarely trees, from dry or semi-moist areas of South Africa, Madagascar, tropical North, Central and South America, and the West Indies. Only one species is grown as a house plant - Jatropha podagrica. Jatropha (Australian Bottle Plant) is a tropical succulent shrub, to about 18 inches, stems swollen and knobby, with bristled scars; leaves orbicular-ovate, peltate, long-petioled, to 12 inches across, deeply 3-5 lobed with obtuse sinuses; cymes terminal, long-peduncled, pedicels red; flowers small, coral-red. Berries and sap are poisonous. Jatropha
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 60 F in winter. Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat.

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16th Nov 2007
Looking for jatropha multifidia.
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