Coralbush (Coral Bean)
Jatropha multifida

Truly a colorful addition to the butterfly and hummingbird garden and easy to grow! Blooming is perpetual during warm weather and often there are more butterfly species than one person can count on the plant at one time. Coralbush is a diminutive tree, reaching just 6’ to 8’ at maturity, which makes it an excellent choice for container growth. The attractive green leaf structure is lacy and open and the blooms are large red, orange and yellow clusters of small trumpet-shaped blossoms.

Coralbush does not like cold weather and is best as a landscape addition in USDA Zones 9 to 11. It has proven to be hardy to 25 degrees F and experiences die-back in the landscape in these temperatures. The plant can take partial shade, but bloom excels in full sun. It is an excellent container plant in USDA Zones 7 and 8. Be aware when handling the Coralbush that the plant's sap can create an intense stain. Historically, the stain has been used as body paint in ceremonial activities long prior to settlement. During the early days of Texas independence, Texas women used the sap as a dye for homespun and sheep wool. This dye is still used today by many cloth crafters because the color from the Coralbush can be a colorful addition to any design.