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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 September 2017 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

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.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 200 70 mm

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Ginnie from Netherlands

This is when a leafy plant can look as good as, if not better than any flower!

4 Sep 2017 5:41am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

C'est une plante que j'aime beaucoup par ces couleurs variées ..
Bonne journée

4 Sep 2017 5:56am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, climate-sensitive I guess . . even subtle changes have an effect.

4 Sep 2017 7:09am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

Excellent detail and color. Interesting information about this plant.

4 Sep 2017 10:19am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Good light in this shot !
An interesting plant

4 Sep 2017 10:40am

BiLL from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

A nice blend of reds and greens. Interesting background story.

4 Sep 2017 12:05pm

Sudipto from Hyderabad, India

The reds and the greens really go well together on this one, Steven... :) Lovely capture...

4 Sep 2017 1:54pm

Devi from Chennai, India

That looks great ...gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 Sep 2017 2:49pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what a beautiful rich foliage shot

4 Sep 2017 2:55pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Nice colors.

4 Sep 2017 2:59pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful leaves of red and green. And lovely light and details. :)

4 Sep 2017 3:47pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That Midwest humidity has done wonders for it. Beautiful image of this lovely plant.

4 Sep 2017 4:07pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love the vitality of this image. the colors are vibrant and details are strong.

4 Sep 2017 4:34pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The wonder of the crotos. Its colors and textures are always magical...

4 Sep 2017 4:35pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

nice colors and light!

4 Sep 2017 4:41pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Croton is stunning plant.

4 Sep 2017 5:10pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


4 Sep 2017 5:25pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

These plants are always so beautiful with the most vibrant colors! This is just gorgeous! I am so glad that you took it home. It looks so healthy now!

4 Sep 2017 6:55pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent colourful here!!!
Love it!!

4 Sep 2017 6:59pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

We have a lot of this in Malaysia :)
Like coleus, it comes in all sorts of colours.
It's fun to collect them. :)

4 Sep 2017 7:52pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

lovely bright leaves

5 Sep 2017 12:43am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

So many colors in one plant.

5 Sep 2017 3:07am

Remus from Portugal

The photo (and the plant), has some colors that cause an excellent visual impact. The existence of warm light also helped to harmonize the composition.
Beautiful work. Photo well realized.

6 Sep 2017 3:23pm