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Coleus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Solenostemon scutellarioides syn. Plectranthus scutellarioides

 

Coleus

Grown mostly for the colourful foliage, coleus have nettle-like leaves with serrated edges, and come in a range of colours; reds, purples, greens, yellows. Taller varieties can be used in borders, and shorter varieties can be grown in pots.

 
plant Features
  • Coleus likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Coleus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Coleus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Coleus likes free draining

    Free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Coleus

Latin name

Solenostemon scutellarioides syn. Plectranthus scutellarioides

type

Tender perennial

family

Lamiaceae

ph

5.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Coleus likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Coleus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Coleus likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Coleus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Coleus is 0.60meters x 0.50meters 0.60 M 0.50 M

Solenostemon scutellarioides syn. Plectranthus scutellarioides

Grown mostly for the colourful foliage, coleus have nettle-like leaves with serrated edges, and come in a range of colours; reds, purples, greens, yellows. Taller varieties can be used in borders, and shorter varieties can be grown in pots.


Flowering

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Coleus will produce somewhat insignificant tubular flowers on flower-spikes if these are not removed. (Remove the flower-spikes as they appear to promote leaf growth.)

 

Planting out

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Plant out after all risk of frost.

 

Propagating by seed

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Sow seeds in compost and cover with glass or film until seedlings appear

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Can be propagated easily by softwood cuttings at any time of the year

 
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