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Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Orange King’

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‘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 CharacteristicsGlowing, warm orange foliage. Tall, upright form. May be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Coleus has been popular since Victorian times or earlier.

CarePinch back to encourage bushiness. Remove flowers to retain shape and to avoid distraction from the foliage.

PropagationSow seed on the soil's surface at 72° to 75°F in early spring. Root softwood cuttings from late spring to autumn.

ProblemsMealybugs, scale insects, and whiteflies may be a problem under glass. No serious insect or disease problems.

  • Genus : Solenostemon
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 11
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Flower Color : White
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