University of Illinois Extension

Croton

This extremely colorful shrub just says “tropical” when put into a garden. The large leathery leaves come in a variety of mixed colors in all kinds of patterns. Excellent as a containerized plant or worked in with flowering annuals. Best color is achieved in full sun. Croton likes moist, well-drained soils and can tolerate soils that tend toward the dry side. If transplanting into the ground, handle the root ball carefully as they resent a lot of root disturbance and may drop leaves. They also don’t like cold so they need to be moved indoors when temperatures get into the 50-degree range. They perform well as house plants over the winter if given high light.

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