This flower is primarily known as ‘Coleus’, but is also referred to as “Shocking Pink”, due to its vibrant colors of red and pink. These colors often appeal to many plant lovers’ eyes. Though other names are not as common, there are many which include the following: Texas Parking Lot and Bellingrath Pink. This foliage is an ornamental plant, seen in many landscape designs and inside homes. With this plant, guests will surely be intrigued by seeing it showcased in or outside your home!
Common Name: Coleus
Scientific Background: Coleus was once classified into the genus, Lamiaceae, but now falls under the genera of Plectranthus and Solonostemon. It is related to the planst, basil, oregano, peppermint, salvia, Swedish ivy, thyme, rosemary, sage, perilla, and others.
Scientific Name: Plectranthus Scutellarioides
Blooms: The blooms of this flower have a flame-like appearance and, while it often comes in red and pink, can also bloom in purple and blue. Without proper bloom trimming, this plant can start to die due it’s abundance of blooms.
Hardiness Zones: Since the Coleus cannot withstand a frost, this gentle foliage is predominantly grown in the United States as an annual. This plant is thought to thrive in the following states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Growth Habit: The Coleus can vary in size with heights ranging from close to 3″ to 9″.
Exposure: This plant’s colors are precious and can be harmed if they receive too much light. This plant should be grown in the shade or in partial sunlight.
Water: This plant is picky about its watering taste. It should not reach an entirely dry state, but kept moist and be able to drain well.
Spread: When planting, this flower likes to have it’s space, so space it out with 8″-15″ in garden beds. When in pots and baskets, Coleus likes to have his friends around so you can plant more densely in those areas.
Soil: The Coleus Alabama Sunset likes to have superb bedding so it should be planted in high-quality potting soil or in gardening soil that it can flourish in with high levels of organic substances.
Potential Handling Dangers: Handling of this plant can cause irritation of the skin or other allergic reaction.
Potential Plant Dangers; Though Coleus Alabama Sunset is a strong plant that can withstand many dangers, it has a few it cannot. These include frost, bugs such as aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, and whiteflies, and some are prone to root and stem rot.
Helpful Tips: Pesticides that are heloful to this plant include thos that contain abamectin, azadiractin, and melathion, which varies on the targeted pest.