Croton

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Croton

Croton spp.
Croton spp.
Doveweed; Prairie Tea; One-Seed Croton
Great Plains and southeastern U.S.
1

3 feet
1

3 feet
  • Central Texas
  • 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.

Maintenance

None required. Annual; allow it to reseed in order to preserve it on-site.

Features

Plant Type:
Groundcover
Size:
1-3' H, 1-3' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Thin, Well drained
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
June, July, August
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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