It is native to Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and India and thus prefers zones 10a-11. At the beginning of Feb., believe it or not, I have flower buds. It is 3 feet from an east window, the room is usually in the 60’s and it gets very little sun. Not having mold in my greenhouse signaled something was wrong. It can grow up to 6 feet in Florida with leathery pale green leaves and white-lavender flowers. It did not flower but the leaves are huge. I’m sure it will prefer your growing conditions down south…good luck!