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Plant description:

This tropical plant, with its brilliant colour combinations, is the ideal foliage plant for warm climates. Colours range from bright oranges and reds to mahogany, green, yellow and cream. Many hybrids are now available. It is at its most beautiful in autumn. As it is tender, it is not ideal for cold climates. It tolerates heavy pruning. The sap can stain clothing permanently, so take care when pruning or cutting this plant.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: ko-dee-IE-um va-ree-a-GAH-tum.

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Botanical name

Codiaeum variegatum

Plant Care

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Common name(s)

Croton

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Uses in landscape design

This plant is a ideal foliage plant for warm climates. Excellent for colour-contrast planting in a border or as container plant on the patio. Popular for flower arranging.

Planting instructions

Planting: It prefers well-drained soil rich in organic material. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water and feed regularly. Keep plants well mulched.
Pruning: Tolerates heavy pruning. Cut back during late winter to promote low, bushy growth.

Maintenance

Tolerates heavy pruning.

Interesting info

Note that the sap can stain clothing permanently, so take care when pruning or cutting this plant.

Possible problems

As it is tender, it is not ideal for cold climates. Take care when pruning or cutting this plant as the sap can stain clothing permanently.

Codiaeum variegatum flower

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