Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Fire croton

Codiaeum variegatum

It is native to the tropical regions of Asia, most likely between Java and Australia. It is frequently grown in other tropical countries that have also formed new varieties. In Venezuela it is commonly cultivated in courtyards, parks and gardens, and in La Palomera it can be found at the edges of that of Páez street and along some paths. It is a bush of 1 to 3 m. high, with leaves of various shapes and sizes that alternate. Depending on the variety leaves may have yellow, white, green or red spots. Flowers are small, grouped in clusters of 15 to 25 cm. long. Its fruit is a small green or purple capsule. Propagation is most frequently done by stem cuttings or air layering. It grows quickly and requires deep soils, rich in organic matter and good drainage. They can also grow in semi-shaded places, however, when exposed to full sun the leaves become more colorful.

Applications:

Because of its colorful leaves, it tends to be used as an ornamental plant as a bush or in hedges, often combined with other species.

Codiaeum variegatum