UsesShrub, Hedge, Specimen, Miniature Tree
Cold HardinessFreezes at 28 Degrees
Light NeedsNeeds full to partial sun.
Flower ColorRed
Blooms3-4 times on and off, lasts a few weeks
Water Needs
Life – A/P lengthPerennial
Mature Height 10-12 Feet if left to grow
Growth RateMedium
Mature Jatropha
Mature Jatropha – Click to Enlarge

If you want an especially attractive, fast-growing shrub to replace some fallen soldiers, this is the plant to place in the bare opening you need to fill. The plant gets its name because of the flowers’ similarity to Precious or red coral and held together in flat-topped clusters, on long stalks that extend over the foliage, blooming all year long—especially during hot weather. Even without flowers, the delicate-looking, 7 to 15 leaf clusters grow up to 12″ across, dark green above and lighter green beneath.

They look beautiful as a potted plant, particularly in a tiled entry, adding a tropical feel to the space. A mass of these plants in a special spot on the lawn will help draw attention to a water feature or statuary in a very graceful and unobtrusive way. A natural butterfly attraction—Zebra Longwing, Monarch and Gulf Fritillary, to name a few—the coral plant gives you many reasons to give it a home in your landscape design.


Buy at an Orlando Nursery near you

  • Pokey’s Lake Jem Citrus Nursery

    3259 N. Orange Blossom Trail Zellwood, FL 32798

    Only Fruit Trees, no shipping