Graptophyllum, Caricature Plant
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Native to New Guinea, caricature plant is a tropical evergreen shrub that will grow to 2-9 ft tall. Container plants typically grow as rounded 2-4 ft tall plants. Caricature plant is primarily grown for its variegated foliage. Oval to elliptic leaves (to 6 in long) are deep green varyingly blotched with cream along the mid-veins.
Terminal clusters of red to purple-red tubular flowers with protruding stamens bloom in summer. Flowers often do not appear on container plants, particularly if stems are regularly pinched to promote new foliage growth.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Caricature Plant, Jamaican Croton||Red to purple-red||Seasonal bloomer (Summer)||2 to 9 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Caricature Plant has long been popular as a houseplant due to its superior tolerance to low light conditions while maintaining dense nicely variegated foliage. Not surprisingly, Caricature Plant turns out to be an excellent summer annual for a wide range of light conditions from full sun to dense shade.
|Full Sun to p[art shade||Organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil||Medium||Above 50 degrees F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Graptophyllum
- Tolerant of most soils as long as they remain moist during the growing season.
- Prune regularly to stimulate new foliage growth and promote business.
- Container plants should be overwintered indoors in a bright sunroom.
- Container plants may also be forced into dormancy by cutting back foliage and storing in a dark, cool but frost-free basement or garage for the winter.
Typical uses of Graptophyllum
Special features: Container plant
Culinary use: Prune regularly to stimulate new foliage growth and promote bushiness. Container plants should be overwintered indoors in a bright sun room.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: NA