I saw this coral plant growing in Hollywood and didn’t know what it was:
I could tell by the flowers, stems, leaf structure, white sap and tri-lobed fruit that it was in the Euphorbiaceae family… but I didn’t know the specific plant name.
Since I couldn’t leave it alone, and because I have a love for cassava, chaya, and a few other members of the spurge family, I nabbed a bunch of seeds and took a few cuttings. When I got home and did a little searching, I discovered it was called the “Coral plant,” known more specifically as Jatropha multifida. (See more here.)
Other than being pretty, it’s apparently a useless and toxic plant. (Of course – we know better than that! Pretty much every plant does something worthwhile… it’s just that some of those uses haven’t been discovered yet.)
These are only supposed to grow in USDA zone 10, but I’m going to try them in my home food forest anyhow. What do I have to lose? The seeds were free.
UPDATE: I added the coral plant to my list of plants that look like marijuana.