), in the "toe" of the Italian
peninsula, was a Greek
colony from c. 710 BC. It was notable for producing many generations of victors in the Olympic Games
and the other Panhellenic Games
. One of the most famous of these was Milo of Croton
In botany, Croton is a plant genus in the Euphorbiaceae family. Of about 40 species in this genus, the best known member is Croton tiglium, known by the common name Croton, a tree or shrub native to Southeast Asia. Croton oil, used in herbal medicine as a violent purgative, is extracted from its seeds.
The common name Croton also refers to Codiaeum variegatum, a common houseplant with large elliptical leaves that each range in color from green to red and yellow.