Jatropha podragica red (Buddha Belly Plant)
Jatropha podragica red (Buddha Belly Plant)

Jatropha podragica red (Buddha Belly Plant)

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According to the World of Succulents website, Jatropha podagrica red (commonly known as the Buddha Belly Plant) is a tropical succulent shrub with an erect, sparsely branched, swollen at the base stem and large persistent or semievergreen leaves.  Clusters of small bright red male and female flowers appear in dense clusters above the leaves on long slim peduncles almost all year round. Fruits are green capsules at first, become blackish-brown at maturity when they explode and scatter the seeds up to 13 feet (4 m) away.

It grows up to 2 m tall. Leaves are shield-shaped leaves with 3 to 5 lobes, nitid green on the upper surface, gray-green on the lower surface, up to 20 cm long, and nearly equal in diameter.

To flourish you need to achieve the proper balance between moisture and drainage. They typically appreciate a steady water supply, but the most popular species cannot tolerate being submerged or soaked and will quickly succumb to root rot. 

All succulents are sent bare rooted (most of the soil removed) by Express Australia Post at the start of each week. You will receive a shipping email for tracking if you provide us with your email address.