Croton Petra, Codiaeum
Do not adjust your screen – Croton Petra really looks like this! Large leaves of deep eggplant to green are streaked with red, orange, yellow and pink along each leaf’s veins. This tropical plant can be used in mixed containers for a showy accent or kept as a colorful houseplant.
Over time Petra will grow into a small tree or large shrub if kept as a houseplant. If used in mixed containers expect it to grow about 6-10″ during the season.
Plant in well-draining, good potting soil. Fertilize plants when they are actively growing, usually April through Aug, following fertilizer manufacturer’s directions. Let plants dry out a bit in between waterings. Plants will require less water during fall and winter months.Crotons get their best color with more sunlight. Can be susceptible to sun scorch in the summer, if leaves are burning give some afternoon shade. In the house Crotons prefer southern or western exposures.