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Jatropha cathartica

Scientific Name:

Jatropha cathartica

Common name:

Berlander's Nettlespurg










United States, Mexico

Hardiness Zone:



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Jatropha cathartica is a succulent native to Central and South America. It has an upright, shrubby growth habit with a maximum height of about three feet. The stems are slender and green, often tinged with red or purple. Its leaves are small, oval-shaped, and bright green in color. The flowers of Jatropha cathartica are small but showy. They have five petals that range in color from white to pink or yellowish-orange. The blooms appear in clusters at the ends of the stems during the spring and summer months. This succulent is relatively easy to care for indoors as long as it receives plenty of sunlight and adequate drainage. Water sparingly during the winter months when growth slows down; more frequent watering may be necessary during the summer months when temperatures are higher and growth is more active. Fertilize lightly every few weeks during the growing season for best results. Jatropha cathartica has been used for centuries by indigenous people in its native regions for medicinal purposes, such as treating skin conditions and digestive ailments. Today it continues to be grown both indoors and outdoors as an ornamental plant due to its attractive foliage and flowers.
The Jatropha cathartica succulent does best in bright indirect light. It can tolerate direct light for short periods of time, but it should be kept out of direct sunlight for most of the day. For longer periods of exposure to light, medium light is ideal. Low light should be avoided as it can cause the plant to become leggy and weak.
The Jatropha cathartica succulent is best grown in a well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The ideal soil should be slightly acidic, with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. The soil should also be loose and airy to allow for good drainage and aeration. To ensure the succulent has enough nutrients, add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil before planting.
The Jatropha cathartica succulent is a drought-tolerant plant, so it doesn't need a lot of water. Watering should be done sparingly, only when the soil has dried out completely. It's best to give it a deep watering once every two weeks during the growing season and then reduce watering to once a month in the winter months. Make sure you never let the soil get soggy or waterlogged as this can cause root rot.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Jatropha cathartica succulent are relatively low. It prefers a humidity level of around 40-50%, so it's best to keep the air around it dry. This can be achieved by avoiding misting and keeping it away from any sources of moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens.