General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: To 10 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: Seeds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Croton
Also sold as:
  • Bush on Fire

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Location: Riverton, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-03-06

Date: February 23, 2021
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: November 10, 2008
Location: austria / Wiener Neustadt
Date: 2015-10-22
Location: Tampa FL
Date: July 2016
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: July 20, 2011

Date: October 16, 2010
Close up of colorful foliage

Date: 2019-09-01
'Bush on fire' croton
Location: Texas
Date: 5/15/2018
Closeup of a baby croton

Date: 2014-01-20

Date: 2014-01-20
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-03-21
At Hollie's Farm and Garden
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-03-21
At Hollie's Farm and Garden
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 18, 2011 10:08 AM concerning plant:
    The Codiaeum variegatum is a common evergreen shrub in tropical landscapes and can reach heights to 10' when planted in the ground, but usually remains smaller when grown as a container plant. Codiaeum vareigatum has thick, colorful leaves, the flowers are borne on long racemes and are yellowish to white in color. The stems of Codiaeum have a milky sap that may cause contact dermatitis (skin irritation) in some people. Codiaeum prefers bright light to partial shade and a well draining potting medium.

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