The croton "Petra" (Codiaeum variegatum “Petra”) is an evergreen shrub native to southern Asia and the western Pacific islands. It prefers hot, humid weather and grows only in U. S. Department of Agriculture zones 9b through 11. In other climates, croton can be grown in containers and kept indoors during cold weather. This distinctive, variegated plant needs special care to stay healthy in all climate zones.
I had this in my office with plenty of sunlight, but the air conditioning wasn't allowing it to flourish. I've had it in my three seasons room at home where the heat and humidity is more prevalent, and has since really exploded with the colors it's known for.
Photo captured August 29, 2017.
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