What kind of plant is this?

ninnerdAugust 18, 2010

Hello. I inherited this plant in a jar from a co-worker three years ago. It has been doing really well all this time in the same jar. It's very hardy - I can move it from room to room and back and forth from different buildings, and it's fine.

The new leaves grow from the older leaves, and they kind of cup at the growth source.

I have no idea what this is, but thought it couldn't hurt to ask. :)

This link is to a picture of the plant on my Twitpic account:


Let me know if a better pic is needed. :)

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chazparas(USDA zone 9 , San Jose, CA)

I believe it is a variety of Croton, I believe genus Codiaeum. There are many named varieties.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 2:53AM
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Ok, thanks!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 2:27PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Yes, it is a form of Croton. Pls. be advised that as a Euphorbia, its sap can be irritating to the skin (always wash well after handling it & BEFORE touching your face).

Also, for Crotons to keep this much color, they need a fair amount of strong/direct sun. If not, it'll lose its color & revert to green.

Yes, Crotons are strong & hardy plants, I've found that to be true as well.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 3:20PM
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