CROTON

FAMILY: Euphorbiaceae | GENUS: CODIAEUM variegatum pictum

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • House Plants

Plant Details

Native to the tropics. Can reach 6 ft. or more (and as wide) outdoors in Tropical South; indoors, usually seen as single-stemmed plant, 624 in. tall. Grown principally for its showy large, leathery, glossy leaves, which may be green, yellow, red, purple, bronze, pink, or almost any combination of these colors. Leaves may be oval, lance shaped, or very narrow; edges may be straight or lobed. Dozens of named forms combine these differing features. Not favored by deer.

Outdoor exposure depends on the selection. Needs bright light and regular misting indoors; does well in a warm, humid greenhouse, provided you control spider mites, mealybugs, and thrips. Can be brought outdoors at warm times of the year. Repeated contact with croton leaves can cause a skin rash in some people.

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