Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Religious Radish'

Photo/Illustration: 
Kate Geruntho Frank
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Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Religious Radish')
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Genus:  Solenostemon
This adaptable coleus will grow in sun or shade. Its reddish pink and burgundy-black leaves are large and pointed. Use 'Religious Radish' in a container or as bedding.  
Care:  Provide sun or shade and moist but well-drained soil. Pinch young plants to promote bushiness. Remove flowering stems, if desired, to keep the focus on the foliage.
Propagation:  Coleus are easy to grow from cuttings. Wait to put plants outdoors until spring nights remain above 50°F.
Problems:  Generally trouble-free, but watch for aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites on overwintered plants indoors.

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
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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