- Location on Property: Garden A
Scientific Name: Codiaeum variegatum is the scientific name for the plant also named variegated croton, garden croton, and Joseph’s coat.
- Region of Origin: It is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and the western Pacific Ocean islands, growing in open forests and scrub
- Type: Beautiful & Useful
- General History: In tropical climates, crotons make attractive hedges and potted patio specimens, valued for their striking foliage. This species is grown for its foliage, although it does flower.
- As Food: Dangerous/Poisonous Consumption of the seeds can be fatal to children. As with many of the Euphorbiaceae, the sap can cause skin eczema in some people. The bark, roots, latex, and leaves are poisonous.The toxin is the chemical compound 5-deoxyingenol. The plant contains an oil which is violently purgative and is suspected of being a carcinogen.
- As Medicine: Dangerous/Poisonous Toxic to cats and dogs
- Other Uses: / Houseplants, decoration
- Growing: They only survive outdoors where temperatures do not normally drop below 10° to 13°C in winter; colder temperatures can cause leaf loss. In colder climates, the plants are grown in greenhouses or as house plants.
- Best time to Harvest: NA
- Sunlight Requirements: Must have plenty of light to remain healthy
- Soil Requirements: Well-draining soil with compost mulch
- Propagation: Cutting, separating. Prepare ground with compost/soil mix, stick a branch in 2-3 inches, water. Don’t over water this plant, but let it dry out a few days before watering again. Can also be rooted before planting.
- Controlling Spread: Cut stems back to a suitable size and propagate cuttings
- Difficulties with this plant: Not enough sunlight and warmth causes the leaves to drop off. Best grown in the warmer areas if growing outside. Inside: must be kept warm, watered and in a sunny place to avoid drop off.
History of this Plant at Hedonisia
- Growing around the property naturally, and in several planned gardens.