This plant has many names, yet you won’t confuse it with any other. Jatropha podagrica (or Buddha Belly, or Goat Plant) is an unusual garden pet native to the American tropics. It is noted for the combination of floral beauty and poisonous danger.
It’s a succulent plant with a large trunk thickening towards the bottom, where it retains water. Large leaves grow from the top of the trunk, which makes it look like a tree. Buddha Belly blooms on and off with orange-red flowers several times a year, sometimes even in winter when the leaves fall.
The Buddha Belly can reach several feet (0.6 m) in height, although it grows quite slowly.
Important! The sap and seeds of this shrub are toxic. Touching the sap can cause skin irritation. Eating the seeds can lead to symptoms of poisoning. Keep Jatropha Podagrica out of the reach of children and animals.