Codiaeum Variegatum are native to Indonesia,Malaysia,Philippines,India,Thailand and Sri Lanka.Wrongly named as Crotons by botanist Carl von Linne.The name Codiaeum Variegatum was given by Botanist G.E. Rumphius in about 1660.Codiaeum Variegatum has the odd trait of sporting

    (sport is the biological term for a branch which varies from the parent type) this trait provides codiaeum with a means of originating new forms.Codiaeum Variegatum was first introduced to America by the Henry A Dreer nursery in the 1870’s.

    They are grown for their dazzling leaves which may include crimson, scarlet, pink, yellow, brown, and orange shades, as well as green, white and cream.

  •                                     Scientific name: Codiaeum variegatum

  • Pronunciation: koe-dih-EE-um vair-ee-egg-gay-tum

  • Common name(s): Croton

  • Family: Euphorbiaceae

  • Plant type: shrub

  • USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11 

  • Planting month for zone 10 and 11: year round

  • Origin: not native to North America