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Chocolate Graptophyllum Caricature Plant


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4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Graptophyllum pictum or Caricature Plant is a colorful, interesting, fast growing soft stemmed, tropical perennial. There are a number of different cultivars, but the classic and most popular is this one with chocolate bronze foliage that has an interesting creamy, pale pink, variegation that makes a striking contrast against the dark leaves. The common name of Caricature comes from the interesting pictures that can be imagined when contemplating the pattern of the variegation.

This plant does produce a small tubular shaped rose pink flower periodically during the warm season, but its best feature is the colorful foliage.

It is also commonly called Jamaican Croton.

In the tropical landscape, the Chocolate Caricature plant makes a wonderful addition or background in mixed beds, as it will reach a mature height of around 6 feet fairly quickly, and requires little more than the most basic care. In colder zones it can be grown as an annual, a seasonal potted plant, or permanent houseplant.

The best placement for the Caricature Plant  is in very light shade. However it can be grown in full sun, but has high water requirements in that setting.  It can also be grown as a porch, patio or interior houseplant.

Botanical Name Graptophyllum pictum 'Chocolate'
Common Name Chocolate Caricature Plant, Jamacian Croton
Plant Family Acanthaceae
Mature Size 11/2 to 6 feet
Bloom Color Rose Pink
Bloom Form Tubular
Bloom Time Warm Season
Zone 9, 10,. 11
Fragrance No
Key Features Highly contrasted variegated colored foliage
Suggested Uses Mass Plant, Hedge, Mixed Beds, Potted, Houseplant
Grower Notes  


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in full sun to very lightly dappled shade.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release fertilize with the initial plant.  Little fertilize will be needed thereafter.
  • Prune lightly and often when young to encourage branching and after flowering to promote uniform shape and control size and legginess.
  • Protect from frost and freeze.







  • Model: GRAP-PIC-CHO-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 16 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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