This plant is primarily known as ‘Coleus’. This foliage has a truly unique design featuring a rosy-red back and wavy leaf margins. On the top, this plant showcases a golden copper and red design. This foliage looks well by itself or featured with other colors of plants. This plant will appeal to all customers as it is also low-maintenance. Put this outside your home, business, or even in your home as 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/Leaves: The foliage of this flower have a stunning appearance, sporting a bright red and gold foliage. With these colors, it is sure to be an eye-catching piece! This flower needs little pinching to meet your expectations.
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: While this plant is shade tolerant, it also loves the sun so you can plant this foliage in a variety of areas.
Water: This plant needs a fair amount of water, so make sure this foliage maintains a heavy amount of it to support its big and bold leaves.
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: The 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.