Codiaeum variegatum | Also known as: Josephs coat | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A tender evergreen perennial, codiaeum variegatum is one of the most distinctive garden plants around. Growing tall and upright, it can become the centrepiece of a garden, not just because of its attractive v-shape habit, but also for its large, glossy, multi-coloured ovate foliage. While commonly called croton, its shades of red, orange, yellow, green and bronze has earned it the alternative name, Joseph’s coat. Its flowers grow on long thin racemes, with male flowers white and petalled, and female flowers yellow with no petals. Croton needs to be grown under glass and potted for easy transfers. It prefers well-drained soil in bright but filtered light. Considerable care is required, with misting and careful watering

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Skin reaction possible if you touch leaves.
Height [m]
  • 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Variegated
Foliage in summer
  • Variegated
Foliage in Autumn
  • Variegated
Foliage in winter
  • Variegated
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Neighbour repellant
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years