Coleus - Garden Basics - Flower - Annual

(Coleus blumei)

This attractive foliage plant is great for containers and underplanting. Although coleus will usually survive in sun, the color of the leaves is enhanced in the shade. Small, insignificant flowers will appear late summer. Pinch off blooms and growing shoots of young plants to encourage bushier foliage. It prefers moist but well drained soil. Common pests to watch for include mealy bug, aphids and whitefly.

  • Type
  • Propagation
    seeds, stem cuttings
  • Light
    shade or partial shade
  • Foliage Color
    red, green, pink, white, purple and yellow.
  • Bloom Time
    late summer. blooms should be pinched off.
  • Height
    18-36 inches
  • Width
    9-12 inches
  • Soil Requirements
    neutral or alkaline pH, moist soil
  • Zones
  • Uses
    Border, Container, Indoors, Greenhouse, foliage can be used in cut arrangements.

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