COSTA RICA CROTON WANDERINGS-THE MANY FACES OF JOHANNIS

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  1. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    JOHANNIS aka Angustissimum. Category: Very narrow leaf

    CROTON JOHANNIS, Hort. : “A variety from the South Sea Islands through the late John Gould Veitch, after whom it was named, with long narrow leaves of a glossy green colour, the centre and margins flaked with bright yellow.”

    Ref: Gard. Chron. 1868, p. 844, id. 1871, p. 612, fig. 123; Veitchs’ Catlg. Pl. 1871, p. 14, fig. p. 13

    “As usual, the Crotons occupy a prominent place. The South Sea Islands seem to have been a favorite home for these plants, and the late John Gould Veitch had evidently well employed his time in both collection and selection. We have again, in addition to the fine things of former years, Codiaeum (Croton) Johannis variegatum, with long drooping leaves of broad green, with margins and centre yellow and white, valuable and effective plants in gas light, and therefore highly suitable-like the whole of the family, for dinner table decoration.”
    Ref: THE VILLA GARDENER VOL 2, A Handbook Amateur and Practical Gardeners by Edward Hobday, 1872, pg. 437

    Croton Johannis: “This is one of the most elegant and distinct of all the recent introductions of this useful class of plants. It was discovered by the late Mr. John Gould Veitch in the South Sea Islands. The leaves are of a glossy-green colour, the margins and centre being of a bright orange yellow. They attain a length of 20 to 24 inches … they have a graceful drooping habit, which makes it a most suitable plant for table and room decoration. It is as easy to cultivate as the general run of Crotons, and it well deserves a place in every collection of ornamental foliaged stove-plants”
    Ref: This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", 1869, by William Thomson.

    “Named after a member of the Veitch family. Enterprising botanists who were responsible for the contribution of Crotons worldwide. They had traveled to the South Pacific and brought this hybrid back to their native England.”
    REF: Brown, B. Frank 1995 Crotons of the World p.79.

    Fotos 01 thru 05: as is my custom… a few nice close-ups for Ann
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  2. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Foto 06: standing on the corner near San Mateo
    Foto 07: front yard garden with star fruit in the back-round
    Foto 08: peeking out from behind the fence
    Foto 09: soon will attain 2 stories high in Ciudad Colon
    Foto 10: nice combo in Brasil de Mora
     
  3. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Foto 11: sidewalk elegance ... red Croton appears to be Picturatum
    Foto 12: graceful in Robertico’s garden
    Foto 13: outstanding in any scenario
    Foto 14: hotel driveway-Rio de Oro
     

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  4. donroberth

    donroberth Well-Known Member

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    Foto 15: pruned simulating a small tree-Guachipelin
    Foto 16: amusing myself with round plant shapes
    Foto 17: tropical setting in sunny Orotina
    Foto 18: standing approximately 15-16 ft tall in rural San Mateo
     
  5. Judy Glock

    Judy Glock Active Member

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    Very Nice!! One of my favorites! Thanks!
     
  6. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    I enjoyed this wandering also. Great photos love the Johannis pruned to tree form. Thank you Robert!
     
  7. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    Wow, Robert, great photos again! And thanks for the history and commentary at the beginning. Great presentation. I love my Johannis, and it is probably about a foot tall! It's got a long, long, way to go. Your examples are lovely, and again, HUGE!!!:cool:
     
  8. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    By the way Robert, you give us tiny glimpses into your lovely garden, but that's all. I, personally, would love to see more. Don't know if I'll be your way again. I hope I will, but I wish you would show us a few areas at least.
     
  9. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    I sound like a broken record but I really light up when I come across your new posts. Thanks
     

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  10. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Robert, Johannis are one of my favorites & I have them all over my garden. Those are huge though.
     

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