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Annuals – Coleus

  • Coleus

Botanical name: coleus scutellariodes 

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: about 2 ft 

Hardy zone: zones 9 and above

Foliage color:  green, white, red, gold, orange, purple, brown

Growth rate: could potentially grow 2 inches a week, reaching maturity in 2 – 3 weeks 

Pruning instructions: trim as needed throughout growing season

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: typically used as a filler element in containers 

Light needs: about 4 – 5 hours of sunlight a day 

Special features: high medical and soothing effects

Watering instructions:  water when the top inch of soil is dry

Fertilizing instructions : use 10-10-10 in the early spring

Best time to plant: spring 

Best type of soil:  loam, sand 

Companion plants: lantana, impatiens, cordyline

Toxicity level: mildly toxic if ingested 

Invasive species: no

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