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DREADLOCKS Croton Plant Orange Yellow Green


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The Dreadlocks Croton is slow growing spiral leafed cultivar with long, linear leaves that not only twist but have ruffled margines, giving it unique visually interesting shape and texture in addition to it's brilliant paint splashed yellow, green, orange, and red color palletted

This croton has very popular for the several year, and generally was widely available in the large chain store garden centers.  However, it will likely become less available as mass production and transport favors cultivars that reach marketability faster with less effort.

As with all crotons, the pattern, definition and brightness of the color will vary seasonally, with the age of the leaves, as well as with variations in available light, temperature and nutrition.

The uses of Dreadlocks in the landscape are only limited by the gardener's ability to provide climate protection for it, and imagination.  Use it to add color and texture in mixed beds, an accent or transition plant, mass planted for an impressive focal color statement. 

Dreadlocks  is an excellent choice for potted culture.  It will adapt to low light levels (albiet color will be duller), is great low litter choice for porches, patios, and pool decks; makes a great addition to large mixed garden pots.  It can be used selectively in dish gardens. 

Available Sizes:

4 inch Pots - One (1) Mature, well rooted starter size plant, growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot.  Plant will be a minimum of about 10 inches tall.  Unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping. 


Botanical Name Codiaeum vareigatum 
Common Name: Dreadlocks Croton
Plant Family:  Euphorbiaceae
Mature Size:  3 ft. x 3 ft.
Bloom Color: Beige
Bloom Form: Nondescript
Bloom Time: Random
Zone:  9,10,11
Fragrance:  None
Water Needs:  Moderate
Light Needs: Light Shade
Key Features: Colorful Foliage, Slow Growth, Manageable Size
Suggested Uses:  Anchor, Specimen, Potted, Mass Planting

Direct planting of plugs or 4 inch starter sizes is not recommended.  For the best results we suggest potting those into larger pots and allowing them to grow larger before setting out.  When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant has grown larger, then here a few hints for successful growing within the recommened USDA Zone Range.

  • Plant in well draining, fertile, slightly acidic soil
  • Locate in lightly filtered shade 
  • Prune when young and actively growing to encourage branching
  • Feed a good quality slow acid producing plant food in the Fall.  (Fertilize formulated for gardenias, hibiscus, citrus and azaleas also work well for crotons)
  • Protect from frost and freeze.
  • Feed a good quality bloom boosting plant food slow release plant food in the early spring to encourage blooming.
  • Protect from frost and freeze until very well established.



  • Model: YO-G7ZR-625X
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3lbs
  • 4 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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