Pineland Croton (Croton linearis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: to 6 feet
Plant Spread: to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter and early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Depth to plant seed: barely cover with soil
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Comments:
Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 4, 2012 9:08 PM

A native of Florida; St. Lucie County is about its northernmost range. This is a clump-forming, many-branched shrub. It can be sprawling, but if cut back can form a wonderful hedge that withstands drought very well.
Leaves are simple, alternate & about 3-4 inches long with dark, rich green above & silvery underneath.
This is the sole larval host for the Bartram's scrub-hairstreak (Strymon acis) butterfly in south Fl. It is also a nectar plant for many other butterflies.
The oily seeds are enjoyed by birds & mammals.
There are male & female plants & both must be present for seeds to form.

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