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Turkey Mullein
Croton Setiger
About Turkey Mullein (Croton Setiger) Nurseries Show All Photos Croton Setigerus (formerly Eremocarpus setigerus) is a species of plant known by the common names doveweed and turkey mullein. It is native to western North America and naturalized elsewhere, including parts of Australia. This is a squat plant with furry, feltlike, heart-shaped leaves, pale gray green in color. The small green flowers are covered in soft bristles. This is sometimes kept as an outdoors houseplant as it is low and rounded and fills a pot nicely. The foliage is toxic to animals, and the crushed plants were used by Native Americans to stupefy fish and make them easy to catch. The seeds are very palatable to birds, however; the common names of the plant come from the affinity of doves and Wild Turkeys for the seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual Herb

Max. Height
7.9 in (20.1 cm)

Flower Color
Cream, Green

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Flats, gentle slopes

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
7' - 5419'

Annual Precip. ?
4.0" - 82.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.27"

Coldest Month ?
32.7° F - 56.4° F

Hottest Month ?
59.9° F - 82.1° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 34.19 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
7*, 8*, 9*, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Butterflies ?


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Eremocarpus setigerus;Croton setigerus

Common Names
Croton, Dove Weed, Doveweed

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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