February 18, 2016

Coleus, Shade-Loving with Blended Leaf

Shade-loving coleus with blended leaf color provides vivid color and wild markings even in the darkest corners of your yard. The mottled colors often change in intensity depending on the amount of sunlight and heat. These varieties are easy to grow -- just plant them in a shady but warm spot; give them enough water to keep the soil moist, but not wet; and add a little fertilizer.

When frost threatens, pot them up and enjoy them as houseplants in a sunny window until spring. Then plant them outdoors once again!

genus name
  • Plectranthus scutellarioides
light
  • Shade
plant type
height
  • 1 to 3 feet,
  • 3 to 8 feet
width
  • 1-3 feet wide
zones
  • 2,
  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9,
  • 10,
  • 11
propagation

More varieties for Coleus, shade-loving with blended leaf

Daffy coleus

(Solenostemon 'Daffy') is a deeply lobed variety with mottled rose, purple, maroon, and olive foliage. It grows 2 feet tall and wide.

Lenny coleus

(Solenostemon 'Lenny') is a novelty form of shade coleus with spaghetti-thin twisted leaves colored in a blend of red, purple, and chartreuse. It grows 18 inches tall.

Shocking Pink coleus

(Solenostemon 'Shocking Pink') has leaves with scalloped edges, and are colored with a blend of rosy pink, bronze, and green. It grows 16-24 inches tall.

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