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Codiaeum

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codiaeum

Name 

Pronounced ko-DEE-ay-oom, its common names are croton or Joseph's Coat (because of its exuberant coloured leaves).

Description 

Codieaum is distinguished by its colourful and vibrant leaves that come in various colours, patterns (spots, veins, mottling or stripes), sizes and shapes. The colours range from green through yellow, orange and red to purple-red and hints of blackish-green. The colours usually appear when the plant is mature and you will often find foliage of different colours on the same plant.

Origin 

South-east Asia

Family 

Euphorbiaceae

Varieties 

Most houseplant varieties are forms of Codiaeum variegatum pictum and there is a huge variety of leaf shapes and colours.

Care tips 

Needs constant humid conditions, away from draughts and central heating. Water and mist regularly. Place in a light spot so the leaves maintain their colours. Temperature no lower than 16°C/61°F. The plant rests in winter and loses its bottom leaves.

Facts

When propagating the plant yields a milky sap that can be irritating to eyes and skin, so use gloves.