Codiaeum variegatum ‘Pictum’
Native to the tropics. Grown outdoors in a frost-free climate, it can reach 6 ft. or taller, with equal spread; elsewhere, it’s usually seen as a single-stemmed houseplant to about 2 ft. high.
Grown principally for its large, leathery, glossy leaves, which may be green, yellow, red, purple, bronze, pink, or almost any combination of these colors. Leaves vary in shape; they may be oval, lance shaped, or very narrow, with smooth or lobed margins. Dozens of named forms are available.
Outdoor exposure depends on the variety. Give bright light, regular misting indoors; does well in a warm, humid greenhouse. Can be brought outdoors during warm times of year. Contact with croton leaves can cause a skin rash in some people.
Can grow to a bulky 10 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Heavy, rich green leaves to 8 in. wide. Flowers come i...
Native to the tropics. Grown outdoors in a frost-free climate, it can reach 6 ft. or taller, with equa...
Native to tropical America but naturalized throughout the tropics. Climbs to 50–100 ft., with 6-...