Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Orange King’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Orange King’)
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Synonyms:  Coleus blumei var. verschaffeltii
Genus:  Solenostemon
‘Orange King’ exemplifies one of the loveliest characteristics of coleus, the ability to glow like stained glass when struck by sunlight. Its leaves radiate warm orange on a sunny day. Coleus are tender tropicals that are generally grown as annuals because they are hardy only in Zone 11. They are easy to grow, reliable plants known for their colorful foliage that comes in many color combinations and mixes well with other garden plants.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Glowing, warm orange foliage. Tall, upright form. May be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Coleus has been popular since Victorian times or earlier.
Care:  Pinch back to encourage bushiness. Remove flowers to retain shape and to avoid distraction from the foliage.
Propagation:  Sow seed on the soil's surface at 72° to 75°F in early spring. Root softwood cuttings from late spring to autumn.
Problems:  Mealybugs, scale insects, and whiteflies may be a problem under glass. No serious insect or disease problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
White
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage,
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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