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Eleanor Roosevelt, Sloppy Painter

Codiaeum variegatum

  • ​Common name: Croton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sloppy Painter
  • Scientific name: Codiaeum variegatum
  • Family name: Euphorbiaceae
  • Origin: Indonesia
  • Height: 4-6 ft
  • Width: 4-6 ft
  • Growth: Slow
  • Zone: 9b-11
  • Light needs: Full sun to partial shade
  • Salt tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Can grow in many soil types as long as its well-drained. Prefers acidic soil (pH 4.5 – 6.5)
  • Moisture: Humidity tolerant; should be watered regularly, but not overwatered
  • Drought tolerance: High
  • Pests/diseases: Mealybugs, scale, and thrips; mites and crown gall
  • Growing conditions: Should be grown in moist and well-drained soil in sunny areas. Can be grown both indoors or outdoors. Indoors plants should be planted in a medium of peat moss and sand. This plant can be fertilized with a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer to produce the best results.
  • Characteristics: Leaves are long, narrow, thick, and glossy. The leaves are a saturated medium-green with yellow spots in a pattern that resembles paint splotches. Leaf color becomes brighter with more sun exposure. Leaves grow outwards radially from a central, woody stem.
  • Propagation: By cuttings
  • Facts: ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ is one of many Croton cultivars. Other cultivars include ‘Zanzibar’ and ‘Petra’ and range from green to red in color.
  • Designer considerations: Great as an accent or foundation plant, for mass plantings, or as an indoor plant.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Sloppy Painter

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