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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.

4 Responses

  1. Hi Atanada

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    You’d have to check with your local plant nurseries.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. 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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