The Croton

Codiaeum variegatum ‘Togo’

Codiaeum variegatum

Among ornamental-foliaged plants, few, if any, are more useful or beautiful than the different varieties of this genus (The British Encyclopedia of Horticulture) (1881)

Crotons will grow in almost any well-drained soil but like most ornamentals, they prefer a soil with an acid reaction. It is in this preferred medium that they attain their maxium in leaf size and beautiful colouring. Dr. B Frank Brown (A Codiaeum Ecyclopedia – Crotons of the World)

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Codiaeum variegatum ‘Sanderii’
3 Recurvatum~1Codiaeum variegatum ‘Recurvatum’

The original wild form of Codiaeum (C. ‘Mollucanum’) is believed to have originated in the Molluca Islands of Indonesia. C. ‘Mollucanum’ sported a yellow spotted type ‘aureo maculatum, which in turn sported the narrow leaf spotted variety ‘punctatum’ . The croton family was now up and running.

4 Warrenii 062Codiaeum variegatum ‘Warrenii’