Jasminum sambac. Kampuput, Arabian jasmine, Persian jasmine, sampaguita.

Busy Lizzies. I began with 100 of the Busy Lizzie. Provides a brilliant splash of colour in partially shaded, moist areas. Tolerates the morning sun but definitely dislikes being in the full sun all day.


Jasminum bifarium

Malaysian jasmine; melati. A climber with elongated heart-shaped leaves 5-8 cm long and 3-5 cm wide, and semi-hard stems. Bears clusters of fragrant white flowers with 7-9 petals. (There are numerous varieties of white jasmines and it is not always easy for a plant amateur like me to tell one from the other.


Jatropha pandurifolia

Shanghai Beauty, Fiddlehead Jatropha. Plant for full sun, as well as partial or light shade. This is a branching shrub growing to a height of 3 meters, but it can also be pruned to grow as a small tree. Bears branching red flowers all-year round. This Jatropha is native to the West Indies, and was introduced to the Philippines in the 1960s.

This plant can grow in the full sun or in partial or light shade . A rarity indeed! It is also drought tolerant. It can be propagated from woody stem cuttings as well as from seed. The seeds should be allowed to dry on the plant before they are removed.

All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.


Jatropha podragrica

Gout plant, Buddha belly, Guatemala rhubarb. Plant for full sun or dappled shade. This is a sparingly branched succulent shrub that can grow to 1.5 m in height. Its stem is thickened and fleshy and it has a rounded base. Its five-lobed leaves can grow to a foot across in the shade. Bears small bright red flowers with yellow antlers at the end of a stem the year-round; the flowers are attractive to butterflies. A native of Central America, this plant came to the Philippines in the early 1900s.

A good potted plant, it can also be used in a small garden. Easy to take care of, it requires well-drained soil, very little water and a sunny to filtered light location. It grows well with at least a few hours of sun, but the less sun, the bigger the leaves will grow. Fertilize once a month.

Propagation is by seeds, which are produced freely and germinate easily. When the seeds ripen, they burst open, so watch them to turn brown before you miss them jumping away! Seed pods will explode, launching the seeds several feet away.

As with many other plants of of the Euphorbia family, Jatropha plant parts can be toxic, especially the seeds. Keep your eye on small kids and don't let them play with Jatropha seeds. (Info sources: toptropicals.com; www.louistheplantgeek.com.)