This flower is primarily known as ‘Coleus’. This foliage showcases bright, lovely copper orange colors. This color will complement flower beds, tables, and pretty much anything else. 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. Let this plant delight your eyes without you putting in so much work. This flower is low-maintenance and loves to sun-bathe!
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 plants, 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, sporting a bright copper foliage. 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: This Coleus can vary in size with heights ranging from close to 14″ to 36″ in height, and 14″-24″ in width.
Exposure: This plant loves the sun so make sure you plant it in an area that receives a lot of it.
Water: This plant loves water and needs a lot of it, too! Make sure this Coleus maintains a heavy amount of water while it soaks up the sun.
Spread: When planting, this flower likes to have it’s space, so space it out with 24″-36″ 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: This Coleus 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 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 helpful to this plant include thos that contain abamectin, azadiractin, and melathion, which varies on the targeted pest.