Jatropha podagrica – Buddha Belly Plant (check back fall 2024)

This is an interesting tropical plant that grows a fat trunk or caudex resembling a swollen belly. It produces red flowers nearly year round and they attract butterflies. This is a neat plant that is easy to grow and recommended for beginners.

Please email us with your zip code for availability. Does not come with flowers. Young plant.


This is one of the coolest plants that we carry and almost anyone can grow it. 
Jatropha podragrica is grown for its swollen “belly”. You can also sees flowers almost year round, but more in the warmer months of the year. It is a butterfly attractant.
It is very easy to care for. Requiring little water and a sunny location in a pot or in the ground in frost free areas. Does better with at least a few hours of sun.
In the winter it will lose its large, lobed leaves but the coral red flowers will hold.
You should reduce the water in the winter and don’t fertilize until the plant wakes up in the spring.
They will also produce seed pods that explode, launching the seeds several feet away. 

FAMILY : Euphorbiaceae
ORIGIN : Guatemala
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : full sun to light shade
WATER REQUIREMENTS : let dry before watering
MIN. TEMP. : protect from freezing
FLOWER : all year round


Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 8 × 18 in
Gardino Nursery