Apr. 26, 2022

elliptical rushfoil, Croton michauxii

Before today crotons were just crotons. This would be Michaux' croton. But research quickly erased my ignorance. For many, crotons are rushfoils! I'm not sure where that idea comes from.
Most do not have leaves as narrow as rushes. Some are used as house plants, so maybe rushfoil is a more sellable name? Various rushfoils have leaves that are often pale, spotted, or colored and are probably of more interest than the small flowers. In any case, be a little careful with them. They're toxic. Elliptical rushfoil grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Taylor Co FL, 7/7/18.