A Little History

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Jun 22, 2014.

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  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Rheedii

    This is another old croton of uncertain origin but is very popular in India. Named for Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede, a naturalist and Governor of Dutch Malabar. He employed 25 people for his book "HortusMalabaricus", describing 740 plants of that region. The Gardener’s Chronicle (London) describes this variety in 1902. Its leaves are large showing exhibiting rose and vibrant pink colors.
     
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  2. kwtimo

    kwtimo Well-Known Member

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    Nice Moose, thanks for the info. I like to use Rheedii in lower light conditions to brighten stuff up a bit.
     
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    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Certainly does brighten up an area with its bright pink veining. :FastGrow
     
  4. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    And somewhere I read that Rheedi flowers very little. And I must agree, my large plant in the yard has flowered only one time over the years, that I'm aware of.
     

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