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Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-12 where it is easily grown in slightly fertile, rocky or sandy, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Best flowering in full sun. Some drought tolerance once established.

Common name: coral plant
Color: Coral red
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Jatropha mutifida requires moderately fertile soil with excellent drainage. It has some drought tolerance once established but performs best with regular watering in a full sun situation. In cool zones, plant the specimen in a large container with a gritty houseplant soil. In-ground plants can tolerate rocky or sandy soil.
Container plants should have water reduced in winter. The species tends to self-seed at the base of the plant and can also be propagated by cuttings. Pruning is necessary to keep the plant in habit and when damage is done to the stems.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 40ºF

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Jatropha is remarkably unbothered by insects or disease.
  • Overly wet plants and those that receive splashed mud on the foliage may experience root rot or leaf spot.
  • Common pests include mealybugs, aphids, and scale, whose widespread feeding can diminish plant vigor and destroy the attractive leaves.


Special Feature:
Where winter hardy this evergreen flowering shrub is an ornamental for borders, landscape accent/specimen, foundations or patio containers. In cooler climates, container plants may be brought indoors for winter or plants may be grown as houseplants.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Unverified information A red powder made from the wood is also used as an antiseptic paste.
  • In Ancient Indian medicine, the ground seeds are used to treat boils and inflammations.
  • A decoction of the leaves is used to treat gout and rheumatism.
  • The bark was used to wash hair.

Culinary use:
  • leaves

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=e516 http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/coral-plant/growing-coral-plants.htm

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