Myrtle Croton
Myrtle Croton

Myrtle Croton

Bernardia myricifolia

General Information

  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low Water Requirement
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Evergreen
  • Attracts Birds
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Texas Native
  • Central Texas Native

Common Names

Oreja de Raton, Rat's Ear, Southwest Bernardia

Plant Description

Sun or shade. Semievergreen, with soft elliptical dark leaves pale below; the contorted leaves are much larger in shade than in sun and do resemble, as the name suggests, mouse ears. Inconspicuous flowers appear in spring and fall. Bernardia is an excellent selection for unirrigated dry sites and backgrounds where it makes a nice rounded native specimen or informal hedge whether it rains or not. It may shed leaves in extreme cold, but mostly it stays green. Southwestern U.S. and Mexico; a Texas native but typically available only from native plant suppliers.

Plant Details


coupon eligible: No

watersaver: Yes

flower color: Yellow

freeze hardy: No

wildlife: Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae

sunlight requirements: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade

soil types: Sandy, Thin

invasive: No


Occasional training, shaping and trimming.

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