Doveweed; Prairie Tea; One-Seed Croton
Great Plains and southeastern U.S.
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Very Low
- Deer Resistant
About This Plant
Croton is a humble subshrub with silvery-yellow, fragrant leaves. The flowers are tiny. There are various native species called “doveweeds.” Ubiquitous in the rocky limestone of the Edwards Plateau, sandy soils and roadsides, they can form wild groundcovers in areas too dry for turfgrasses. “Tea” can be made by steeping the leaves. It may be difficult to find seed sources commercially, so preserve it if you have it on-site; it does, indeed, serve as a food source for doves and quail.
None required. Annual; allow it to reseed in order to preserve it on-site.
1-3' H, 1-3' W
Thin, Well drained
Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators
June, July, August