Revival, renewal, regrowth

Back in November 2017 Jack had a craze for growing unusual plants from seeds. Do you remember his love affair with the desert rose? (see here

Then in February 2018  another unusual plant caught his eye, with a common name of Buddha’s belly (Jatropha Podagrica). Maybe it was the name that attracted him…

Jatropha podagrica is a species of succulent plants known by several English common names, including Buddha belly plant, bottleplant shrub, gout plant, purging-nut, Guatemalan rhubarb, and goutystalk nettlespurge. It is native to the tropical Americas but it is propagated as an ornamental plant in many parts of the world.

The stem is swollen into vasculum at the base and filled with thin sap. The plant bears bright red coral-like flowers throughout the year. All parts, especially the seeds, of the plant contain the toxic curcin, making it poisonous.

Jatropha podagrica is also known for its incredible ability to attract a variety of butterflies wherever it is grown. (Wikipedia)

So he sent to EBay for seeds. 10 arrived and they were carefully nurtured and watched over. BUT only one actually germinated. dragonfly desert rose buddha belly 032_4000x3000It was potted on and put near the warm (actually hot in summer) northern wall. Over the next few months it thrived in the heat and it’s belly got bigger. side garden (4 of 17)_3888x5184Then came winter and this year we have had record night-time temperatures. Actually falling to an unprecedented 4C. Poor plant suffered, he felt the cold and overnight he dropped all his leaves and looked very sad. We thought he may die.

I didn’t take any photos…

But with spring just around the corner there is a beautiful spurt of growth and Jack was delighted to again take a photo of the revival and regrowth. mounted rocks jc 015 text_4000x3000I have also seen that it will eventually grow to 2-3 metres tall.


  1. I don’t quite understand…is your last photo of the revival or a stock photo? If it’s your photo, the revival has indeed been miraculous!

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    • Yes it is a photo jack took a couple of days ago. He put the blue screen behind it then photoshopped the name on. I think it is quite miraculous how it has sprung back to life. Amazing what the sun will do.

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  2. I am still crazy, this post has got me singing, or trying to.
    Jack had a craze, reminds me of Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years.
    I am full of enthusiasm for many activities but never finishing any thing properly.
    As soon as the fun fades I am onto something new.
    I so admire the way you persist with a challenge till you finish it properly..

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    • Actually during July we have had a run of the coldest night time temperatures, we got down to 4C one night, but daytime has been in the mid 20’s. All native Queenslanders have been complaining….


  3. What a wonderful name for a plant and I can so see why.. And I am sure with all the TLC that Jack will be giving his plants, Like my hubby and I… It will reach that new height I am sure..
    Happy Gardening both of you ❤

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