This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is one of the most beautiful varieties ever introduced. It is of the usual free Croton growth, the edges of the leaves being beautifully undulated and wavy, and the variegation consisting of numerous markings and blotches, which in the matured leaves are of the brightest crimson on a dark green ground, and in the young leaves, at first yellow, gradually changing to pink and crimson, the base of the petiole being a very light green. It has been introduced from the South Sea Islands.- B. S. Williams.