Croton californicus

California Croton

Plant family: Euphorbiaccae - Spurge

Rating:

Plant type: Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California, Floristic Provence of Baja

 
Container Avail Qty Add to
My List
Price
One Gallon 0   16.99

Add to My List

Flower Color Insignificant, Yellow
Blooming Season Fall, Summer
Height 0-1 feet, 1-2 feet, 2-3 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
Sun / Shade   
Monthly Water
> Learn More
Wildlife Friendliness Rating
Plant Community > Learn More

Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Strand, Creosote Bush Scrub

Best Soil Conditions > Learn More

Sand

Special Characteristic

Plant Highlights

Surf’s up! This native Croton can be found growing in the sand near the beach, as well as amidst the coastal sage scrub and desert regions in Southern and Baja California. Croton californicus, also known as Desert Croton or California Croton, thrives in sandy soils and washes. It is an elegant, somewhat low growing perennial plant, with small oval shaped leaves. The growth habit is upright, with a lacey, open appearance. Tiny hairs cover both sides of the leaf and the stems of this plant, lending it an usually pale silvery sheen. California Croton grows 1’ to 3’, with about the same spread. This native plant needs little supplemental water once established, but may benefit from an occasional dousing in the hottest parts of summer to keep it looking its best. C. californicus flowers between summer and fall, but the yellow blooms are tiny, verging on insignificant. California Croton would add a nice color contrast in a sandy garden alongside plants like sage and sagebrush.

Leave us a comment, your rating and/or your favorite picture

Please share your thoughts with us about this plant. We would like to hear about the good things and the problems. We also would appreciate seeing any photos and have you rate this plant. To leave comments or to rate a plant you must be registered.



 

 

Comments

No comments for this plant.