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The most popular Croton is ‘Petra,’ which has shades of yellow, red and green. This has long been a favorite houseplant for adding a punch of color. (Watters Garden Center/Courtesy)

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Today’s ultra-efficient homes seal outside air from penetrating their interiors, thus recirculating inside air without added freshness. Now that we’ve made our homes nearly airtight, the freshness that indoor plants provide is more vital than ever.

By KEN LANE, Special to the Courier January 5, 2023