February 18, 2016

Coleus, shade-loving with edged leaf

Add excitement to dim areas of your yard with shade-loving coleus varieties that have a contrasting color on leaf edges. An amazing array of color combinations are available, as well as leaf textures -- choose from plants with scalloped, toothed, or fringed leaf edges. Coleus is exceptionally easy to grow: Plant it in a shaded spot, keep the soil moist, feed it regularly, and be sure it has warm temperatures.

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

genus name
  • Solenostemon_ hybrids
  • Shade
plant type
  • 1 to 3 feet,
  • 3 to 8 feet
  • 1-3 feet wide
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Garden Plans For Coleus, shade-loving with edged leaf

More varieties for Coleus, shade-loving with edged leaf

Apocalypse coleus

(Solenostemon 'Apocalypse') has maroon leaves with a contrasting yellowish green edge. The deeply scalloped leaves grow on upright plants 16-24 inches tall. It grows best in full to medium shade.

Atlas coleus

(Solenostemon 'Atlas') is a stocky shade-tolerant foliage plant with purplish maroon leaves splashed with a contrasting bright green center. The bright green color is repeated in a narrow band edging each leaf. It grows 2 feet tall.

Black Dragon coleus

(Solenostemon 'Black Dragon') is a strain of shade-loving coleus with a broad band of purplish black on the leaves around a maroon to dark red center, and sometimes develops patches of green at the tips of scalloped leaf margins. Leaves are highly rippled and puckered, resulting in wonderful texture. It grows 18 inches tall.

Black Lace coleus

(Solenostemon 'Black Lace') is a duckfoot shade coleus with deeply incised leaves that are deep purple and edged in green. It may also be called 'Duckfoot Midnight'. It grows 12-16 inches tall.

Black Magic coleus

(Solenostemon 'Black Magic') is a large variety, growing to 3 feet tall. It has velvety purple-black leaves with a deeply scalloped medium green edge. Grow it in a shady spot.

Brown Sugar Drop coleus

(Solenostemon 'Brown Sugar Drop') has small, rounded maroon leaves edged in green. The plant forms a tidy mound 15 inches tall and wide that performs best in shade.

Chocolate Mint coleus

(Solenostemon 'Chocolate Mint') develops a tasty combination of brown to purplish maroon foliage with minty green scalloped edges. This coleus forms a compact shade-loving mound to 20 inches tall.

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