Low Croton

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Low Croton, Salvia 
Croton humilis, Euphorbiaceae, Spurge Family 

Description: Short shrub with oval leaves and white flowers 
Height: To 3 ft rarely to 7 ft 
Flowers: Unisexual on one plant or on separate plants, small, white, in clusters (racemes); nearly all year after rains 
Fruit: Globose capsules with 3 lobes and 3 seeds 
Foliage: Simple, alternate, toothless, green, to 3.2 inches long Spines: Unarmed Bark: Light-brown to pale-gray 
Growth Rate: Slow 

Requirements
Sun: Shade Soil: Sandy, loamy, sandy clay 
Drainage: Well 
Water: Low, drought tolerant 
Maintenance: None 
Propagation: Seed 

Native Habitat: Clearings in thornforests, thickets, chaparrals 
Wildlife Use
Seed - Mourning Dove, White-tipped Dove, other doves and birds 
Leaves - Tropical Leafwing 
Flowers and Fruits - Gray Hairstreak caterpillars 

Comments: Low Croton feeds hungry butterflies, caterpillars, and seed-eating birds and pleases the human eye 

 

 

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