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PlantFiles: Croton
Codiaeum variegatum 'Petra'

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

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Strmdncr On Jan 6, 2007, Strmdncr from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

This is my first croton and I just love it. So much color in one pot. I keep it in a northeastern facing window that gets full morning light and after only three months in my home it has doubled in size. This plant is a must try.

Positive Kameha On Apr 11, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

A beautiful and easy plant to grow. It prefers full sun and lots of moisture in the soil but it can tolerate some drought. My three year old croton has been blooming non stop since december. I fertilize mine with slow release10-10-10 every 3 months but a fertilizer with a higher nitrogen content will suffice as well. Cannot beat the tropical flair and color this plant provides to the landscape.


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

Hayward, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Hialeah, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Marathon, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Rotonda West, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Valrico, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Mcallen, Texas
San Angelo, Texas

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