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PlantFiles: Croton
Codiaeum variegatum 'Mammy'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Codiaeum (koh-dih-EE-um) (Info)
Species: variegatum (var-ee-GAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Mammy

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plantparent On Aug 30, 2009, plantparent from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Crotons are one of the standard landscape plants in SW FL. Mammy stands out (my opinion) from most because of the vibrant color and unusual foliage. They are suseptable to mealy.

Positive hmbgerl On Mar 29, 2009, hmbgerl from Folsom, CA wrote:

We grow ours indoors because of extremes in summer/winter. A year ago, the new leaves grew long, thin, and very twisted (corkscrew-like). This year the newer set of leaves are oval and kind of flat. Leaves deepen in red color as the leaves age.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Dec 24, 2008, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I planted mine in September outdoors, in ground, in part sun with cacti and succulents. As of the end of December it has all its leaves,looks fine and has taken countless 50 degrees high and 41 low temperatures.Also, Including a pair of 37 degree dips at dawn.
I dont know how long they will do well. They are said like all tropical crotons to not be able to handle my San Francisco bay area temperatures-winter or cool night summers.
One thing that seems to suit them is a sheltered spot,not full sun as in tropical climates, and planting in fast draining soil on a slightly raised mound. So far, so good.
ADDED 2014:..yeah,that one lasted "countless" all right. I think it was dead sticks by January.
A new try this year with the common Croton with paddle leafs. I will let you know how that goes..

Positive MotherNature4 On Nov 26, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

E. 'Mamey' has knock your sox off colors to adorn any yard in central and south Florida. It is becoming more available every day. I purchased mine at a farmer's market. It is 4 ft tall and very thick. I will plant it in a protected area because frost could cause it to drop some leaves.

Some sources list this plant as E. 'Mammy.'


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hayward, California
Irvine, California
Stockton, California
Auburndale, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Houston, Texas

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