Coleus / Solenostemon

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Religious Radish’ (syn. Coleus blumei) – This Proven Winner Selection has matte burgundy-black foliage with reddish-pink highlights on pointed leaves with serrated edges. The spikes of pale lavender flowers are incidental and are usually removed to improve the overall display. Grows 24 to 40″ high. Tender Annual. (Zone 10)

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Freckles’ (syn. Coleus blumei) – A beautiful foliage plant with unusual butter yellow foliage generously blotched and streaked with bronze-orange. This sun tolerant Coleus is a Proven Winner Selection, but makes the best foliar display when grown in partial shade. Flowers (July-Sept) should be removed. Grows 24-30″ high. Tender Annual.

Solenostemon scuttelarioides ‘Wizard Scarlet’ (syn. Coleus  blumei) – The WIZARD series has been around for quite some time and features compact growth and a preference for part to full shade. ‘Wizard Scarlet’  has vibrant foliage of a deep velvet red with bright gold edges. Coleus are essentially tropical plants grown as annuals here. Grows 12-14″ high. Tender Annual.

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Wasabi’ (syn. Coleus blumei) – An exciting new introduction for those of you having a hard time finding bright foliage accents for shade to part shade exposures. ‘Wasabi’ features intense chartreuse serrated foliage that is not prone to fading or spotting and works quite well in containers. Grows 18-30″ high by 16-28″ wide. Tender Annual. Zone 10.

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Kong Rose’ – The KONG series of Coleus features huge leaves, often up to 9″ wide. It is best used in full shade as the fleshy foliage is quite prone to scorch. ‘Kong Rose’ features large serrated leaves of lime green with a bright rose-pink midrib, bordered and veined with a rich burgundy. Grows 8-20″ high. Tender Annual. Hardy to zone 10.

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