Mostly found in tropics, but can be grown other places in pots. We are too far north to grow it in the ground, so we have it in a pot and move it inside when the outdoor temp get to 50 or so at night. we just moved it outside 2 weeks ago, but it is next to the house, still fairly dormant right now.
When Emmie gave it to me it was 8″ tall, she told me just sunlight and water was all it needed–grew to be about 24″. The following year, DH added fertilizer and it is now almost 10′ and had the seed pod.
If this works and I have one ready, you can pick it up when you do your WDW trip–just a little detour to Jacksonville.