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Croton cortesianus (Cortez's croton)
Mathews, Ray

Croton cortesianus

Croton cortesianus Kunth

Cortez's Croton

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)


USDA Symbol: CRCO9

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: May flower year-round in the right conditions.


Native Distribution: Texas Rio Grande Valley

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Croton cortesianus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Croton cortesianus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Croton cortesianus


Record Modified: 2022-11-07
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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