Codiaeum variegatum Pictum
One of the boldest houseplants around, you can't miss crotons because of their colorful foliage. Often boldly marked with bright yellow, orange, red, and even black, crotons are perfect for adding a tropical touch to indoor decor. They're particularly eye-catching in bright dining rooms and living rooms where their foliage helps energize a room.
Outdoors in the North, crotons make for fun container plants, boldly accenting other favorites such as lantana, angelonia, and pentas.
Grow crotons in a bright spot: They like lots of light to produce all those colorful leaves. Like most houseplants, they also appreciate abundant humidity. You can boost humidity for your croton by growing it in a well-lit kitchen or bathroom, placing a small humidifier nearby, or grouping it nearby other houseplants.
In warm-winter climates that don't see frost, crotons grow as lively landscape shrubs. They're often used as dramatic hedges or bold focal points in the yard.
Above 50°F (10°C)
Keep soil moist, but do not let your croton stand in water or dry out for extended periods.
To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide
This plant is not intended for human or animal consumption
Fertilize every 2 to 4 months
Windows, porches and patios
Scientific studies have shown that croton efficiently filters VOCs and other toxins from indoor air!