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PlantFiles: Hogwort, Woolly Croton, Texas Goatweed
Croton capitatus

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Croton (KROH-tun) (Info)
Species: capitatus (kap-ih-TAY-tus) (Info)

Synonym:Croton capitatus var. capitatus

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative McFadden586 On Mar 22, 2013, McFadden586 from PURDON, TX wrote:

This nasty stuff invades my pastures, steals the nutrients from my forage, and some of my horses have allergic reactions to it. There's nothing good about this nasty weed. And it stinks.

Neutral Allwild On Sep 17, 2009, Allwild from North, TX wrote:

Although this plant is considered an invasive weed, I find it easy to control. For one thing, the roots are very shallow which makes it easy to pull up. In winter, when all that is standing are the woody stems, I just selectively pulled them up. They did not seem to reseed to any significant degree.

In the right setting, it looks attractive and makes a fine plant for erosion control where nothing else grows here in our hard clay soil. Thrives in full sun.


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

Barling, Arkansas
Norman, Oklahoma
Sumter, South Carolina
Bedias, Texas
Dike, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Purdon, Texas

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