Crotons are native to tropical Asia and the western Pacific region.
They are grown for their vibrantly coloured leaves in many amazing shades and combinations of colours. Their leaves also vary in shape and size. Drooping clusters of small star-shaped yellow flowers appear in summer.
They require a warm position indoors with bright light, but no direct sun. Crotons hate draughts and sudden changes in temperature. Water regularly in summer, less in winter and feed every two weeks in summer. Spray the leaves with tepid water often, to increase humidity around the plant.
These plants are grown outdoors in moist, humid, sub-tropical regions in semi-shade to sun. Plant them in rich, well-drained soil and they will grow quickly to +-1.8m tall and +-1.2m wide, depending on the variety.