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Garden Croton

Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Codiaeum variegatum - leaf - Kroton 001
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Overview

Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum is an evergreen perennial species that is frequently grown indoors as a colourful foliage houseplant. It has leathery leaves - with variable width down their length - that are brightly coloured and heavily veined in shades of red, orange, yellow, gold and green. Flowers are tiny, white or yellow, star-shaped and appear during the summer months. It grows best with ample humidity and this species is well placed in a bright conservatory, but should be kept out of direct sunlight, instead preferring bright, indirect sunlight and plenty of warmth. An east or west facing window is perfect. This tender species makes a fantastic houseplant, brightening up any room. Toxic if ingested.

Common problems

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings should be taken in summer and dipped into a powdered charcoal mix to reduce the amount of bleeding.

Layering

In spring.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant