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Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

Family: Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia family)

Common names: Lavender Fever Berry, Lavender Croton (E); umaHlabekufeni (Z); Laventelkoorsbessie (A); Mologa (NS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub, Tree
An attractive shrub or small tree whose leaves have a silvery under surface.

Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

12m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Croton gratissimus var. gratissimus

DESCRIPTION

A small tree or shrub with a rough grey bark. The leaves are alternate, glossy bright green above.  The lower surface is  a striking silvery green and dotted with small, cinnamon-coloured scales.  The crushed leaves are pleasantly aromatic.  The flowers are small, golden-yellow, borne on a long spike. The fruit is a  3-lobed capsule which turns yellow when mature.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Rocky outcrops in woodlands.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts birds and insects.
Serves as a larval host plant to moths and butterflies.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
A wonderful ornamental tree which is a butterfly host plant.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Forest, Formal, Grassland, Woodland
FLOWERS
BARK
Rough, grey.
SEED
A 3-lobbed capsule which matures to yellow. 10mm in diameter.
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Caraxes candiope (Green-veined Charaxes, Green-veined Emperor)
CAUTION
All parts of this tree are believed to be toxic.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Jonathan

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Your success in growing Croton gratissimus will depend on your location. Plant hardiness zones 7 & 8 are likely to most suitable.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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