This flower is primarily known as ‘Coleus’. This foliage features a calm design with an inner color of light green or lime and outer color of a darker but vibrant green. This plant will appeal to all customers as it is also low-maintenance. Put this outside your home, business, or even in your home where it is sure to be a stunning eye-catcher!
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 foliage with a combination of inviting greens. This flower does not require bloom trimming, but can be modified to personal desire if wanted.
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’s color excel when exposed to high amounts of sun, so for best looks, plant in sunny places so this Coleus can show off its bright colors.
Water: This plant likes a fair amount of water to keep its soil moist.
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 this 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.