- Mammy Croton
- Mamey Croton
- Croton Mamey
- Codiaeum variegatum (var-ee-GAY-tum)
Croton Mammy Plant Care Tips
Size & Growth
Mami Crotons stand about 42” inches tall, making one of the smallest cultivars in the Codiaeum genus. Typically, the plant has a spread of about 2’ feet. Mammy has very distinctive shiny, leathery, large, thick leaves. Individual leaves are about 8” inches long and an inch wide with an upright, twisting, curling, corkscrew growth habit. The green leaves display a wide variety of bright colors such as yellow, pink, shades of red orange. Colors are most intense if you grow croton plants outdoors in full sun. Watch out for sun scorch. If your plant seems to be suffering from too much sun, move it to an area with afternoon shade.
Flowering & Fragrance
Mamey crotons as with all crotons produces small, insignificant blooms during its growing season.
Light & Temperature
Mammy does well in partial shade to full sun. For the best leaf color, some direct sun and bright light are essential. An excessive amount of shade causes the leaves to drop on the lower portions of the plant. When kept as a houseplant, a southern or western window is preferred for the most abundant light. Be sure to provide some protection from the direct rays of the sun magnified through the glass as too much sun can cause leaf scorch. Protect your Croton plant from temperature extremes. This plant is not frost resistant. Excessive heat and sun can cause leaf scorch, and a sudden cold snap will cause leaf loss or death. Croton Mammey is easy to grow indoors or outdoors in a warm, tropical setting.