Family:
Euphorbiaceae
Scientific Name:
Codiaeum variegatum
Toxins:
calcium oxalates
Flower Color:
Found:
household, ornamental

Geographical Distribution

Croton distribution - United States

Croton

Codiaeum variegatum

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Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) is a tropical evergreen ornamental plant which belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. It is a popular indoor plant kept in households worldwide. Croton is known for it's impressive leaves which come in a variety of rich autumn colors.

The leaves and trunk of the croton plant contain a caustic and vesicant latex which is rich in calcium oxalate. The seeds also contain a proteic phytotoxin.