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What is Jatropha integerrima?

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Jatropha integerrima, also known as peregrina or spicy jatropha, is an evergreen shrub or tree native to Cuba. It produces clusters of scarlet flowers that are about 1 inch across.

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Jatropha integerrima can be grown in zones 10 and 11, where it flowers year-round and reaches a height of up to 15 feet and a width of up to 15 feet. In colder locations, it can be grown in a container or planted as an annual. Although it does not tolerate frost, it is considered drought-tolerant. The plant is toxic, however, and produces a milky sap that causes a rash following skin contact.

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