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The two common names given to this tropical plant -- calico plant or Joseph's coat -- say it all: Its richly colored leaves in purples, bronzes, oranges, reds, purples, and yellows make it an interesting addition to the bed or border. In the tropics, it's a perennial, but most gardeners grow it as an annual. It's a top pick for containers, and if you have a sunny window, you can even bring it inside and use it as a houseplant. Like so many tropical plants, it likes rich, moist, but well-drained soil.
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