Jatropha, Biodiesel (Jatropha curcas)
(Barbados Nut, Biodiesel Jatropha, Purging Nut, Physic Nut, JCL, Green Diesel)
Family: Spurge (Euphorbiaceae)
Hardiness: Protect from frost.
Tropical woody perennial shrub to small tree to 20 feet, native to the American tropics. Highly drought-tolerant, this plant can be grown in tropical wastelands or in the desert. Containing up to 40% oil, the seeds can be processed to produce biodiesel that will run a standard diesel engine. This is probably the most highly valued of all green diesel plants. Seeds are also the source for the toxic molecule known as toxalbumin curcin--internal use not recommended. Also source of an alkaloid known as jatrophine which purportedly has anticancer properties. External use of the plant for medicinal purposes is well documented. The latex is used for treating rheumatism and for treating sores on domestic stock, also as an emollient for treating hemorrhoids. The bark of the plant yields a blue dye. Plant prefers full sun, high temperatures, little water and very fast-draining (sandy or gravely, even saline) soils. Germination of these seeds has been confirmed by us. Sow in spring, or sow warm in a greenhouse and transplant outdoors in the spring. Yield begins 9 months after planting, and will continue for years, with maximum yields after 2 or 3 year's growth. Organically Grown Potted Plant
Feel free to order this plant at any time, but please be aware that we SHIP PLANTS APRIL 1 to AUGUST 1 AND SEPTEMBER1 to DEC 1 only. Orders received outside these months will be automatically backordered. If you are ordering plants out of season, you may wish to order them separately from your seeds, in order to streamline the process.
If you have chosen a PLANT* (marked with a *), shipping costs are as follows:
1 to 6 PLANTS* will ship for $14.90
7 to 8 PLANTS* will ship for $19.90 (The shipping may be more if you buy other things in addition to plants.)
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