Such a lovely patio garden plant. I have several plants in large pots and they have done very well so far. They have thrived in my garden despite the Louisiana summers. So happy I chose this.
ColorBlaze® Royale Alligator Tears® Coleus Plectranthus scutellarioides
- Sun or Shade
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesThese COLORS never fade.
Crocodile green foliage with a creamy-yellow tear drop center.Award WinnerAdaptable As HouseplantFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:12 - 20 InchesSpacing:10 - 16 InchesSpread:10 - 18 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:LavenderFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:Green and yellow bicolor foliageHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Sun or ShadeMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Use in beds, borders and containers.Maintenance Notes:
Many people feel that coleus look best before they flower. We have worked hard to choose coleus that bloom late in the season or not at all. To keep foliage in top shape, pinch off the blooms as they appear if you wish.
Rules of Thumb for Overwintering Plants Indoors:
1. Choose only healthy plants
2. Bring Plants indoors before frost damages foliage
3. Treat for disease and insects before bringing plants indoors
4. Place in bright areas and add humidity using pebble trays or spray bottles
5. Be careful not to over water
6 When active growth starts in spring fertilize and prune as needed
7. Introduce your plants slowly to outdoor conditions in spring
An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.
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Johnnie Venta, 10 years ago
What a great plant. It was drought tolerant and never had a disease. It grew evenly and will need a large pot or keep it trimmed back well. Very reliable. sun and shadeAnna Looper Flowergardengirl, North Carolina, United States, 10 years ago
fade proof, heat tolerant slow to go to seed. No complaints. I simply prefer more colorful varietiesPatsy Bell Hobson, Missouri, United States, 10 years ago
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