Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.
Search native plant database:
Stone, Robert L.
Croton texensis (Klotzsch) Muell.-Arg.
Texas croton, Doveweed
USDA Symbol: crte4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
, Linear Leaf Margin: Entire Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AZ , CO , FL , IA , IL , KS , MA , MO , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , UT , WY Native Habitat:
Sandy loam, loose blowing sand. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Seeds are important dove and quail food. Use Medicinal:
A natural insecticide derived by burning the powdered leaves, the smoke drives away all flying and crawling insects. (Weiner)
Tea from leaves for stomach pains. Leaf tea to bathe sick babies. Tea of entire
plant as a purgative, to relieve stomach pains, and to stimulate kidneys, and to cure snakebite. (Kindscher)
Tea from leaves used for stomach ache. Also tea used for syphilis and gonorrhea: drink, run rapidly aa mile to induce sweating, then wrap in blanket. For rattlesnake bites, medicine man chews root, then sucks wound to remove venom, then applies more chewed root to wound.(Steiner) Attracts:
Butterflies Larval Host:
Anaea andria, Goatweed Leafwing
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0129
Collected Sept. 9, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 1085
Collected Aug 31, 1996 in Bexar County by Robert N. Nelson
Recommended Species Lists
Find native plant species by state. Each list contains commercially available species suitable for gardens and planned landscapes. Once you have selected a collection, you can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.
View Recommended Species page
Record Modified: 2009-11-17
Research By: TWC Staff