Torrey's Croton

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Torrey's Croton, Salvia 
Croton incanus, Euphorbiaceae, Spurge Family 

Description: Tall, slender shrub with whitish, straight branches, all parts covered with thick, short hairs 
Height: Over 6 ft. 
Flowers: Light-green, unisexual flowers in elongate clusters (racemes); nearly all year after rainfall 
Fruit: Three-lobed, oblong capsules, 0.25 inch long 
Foliage: Simple, alternate, deciduous, oblong, to 2.4 inches, gray-green above and pale beneath 
Spines: Unarmed Bark: Gray and tomentose to smooth, gray, and hairless later 
Growth Rate: Medium 

Sun: Partial shade, emerging into sunshine 
Soil: Clayey, sandy, gravelly, caliche 
Drainage: Well Water: Low, drought tolerant 
Maintenance: None 
Propagation: Seed 
Native Habitat: Thickets, thornforest, chaparrals 

Wildlife Use
Seed - birds and small mammals 
Leaves - caterpillars of Tropical Leafwing 

Comments: Long known as Croton torreyanus 



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