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Croton capitatus

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Euphorbiaceae
Tribe  Crotoneae
Scientific name  Croton capitatus
Rank  Species
Order  Malpighiales
Subfamily  Crotonoideae
Genus  Croton
Higher classification  Rushfoil
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Similar  Rushfoil, Euphorbiaceae, Croton alabamensis, Croton glandulosus, Croton ciliatoglandulifer

Croton capitatus, known as the hogwort or woolly croton or goatweed, is an annual plant with erect, branched stems, densely covered with light brown, wooly hairs that give it a whitish appearance. It grows in dry, open areas, especially sandy and rocky soils. It is distributed across the southern United States, and elsewhere.

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Hogwort contains croton oil, a powerful laxative.

In fiction

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In Jim Henson's Labyrinth (film) (1986), the character Hoggle was mistakenly called, "Hogwort" by Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly). The character corrected her angrily.

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British author J. K. Rowling did not deliberately name the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from her Harry Potter series of books after the hogwort. It was only after the books were published, when a friend reminded her of seeing the plant in the Kew Gardens many years beforehand that Rowling speculated that the name had remained in her subconscious ever since.

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References

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