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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This large tropical plant is used for various medicinal and economic purposes. The oil from the nuts is currently being studied as a potential source for biodiesel.

    Latin Name

    Jatropha curcas


    Family

    Euphorbiaceae


    Also Known As

    Physic Nut Barbados Nut


    Type of Plant

    Tropical

    Specifications

    Max Height: 20'
    Max Spread: 15'

    Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tollerances

  • Drought

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest
    Skin irritant

    Colors


    Native Range

    Tropical America


    History

    Washington planted jatropha in 1785 and knew of its purgative qualities.


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