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Croton californica

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Species Name: Croton californicus
Common Name: Croton

This member of the Euphorbia family is a low growing perennial native to sand dunes and washes along our coasts and deserts. Flowers are inconspicuous. Leaves are grey-green and aromatic.

Plant Family: Euphorbiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Low, sprawling
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Yellowish
Endangered?:
Distribution: Central Coast, South Coast, Deserts, below 2700'
Natural Habitat: Sandy soils, dunes, washes



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