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Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Trailing Bleeding Heart’

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The 14-inch-tall cultivar ‘Trailing Bleeding Heart’ has hot fuchsia-pink leaves ringed with purple and a band of lime green.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsMay be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Coleus has been popular since Victorian times or earlier.

CareColeus likes warm soils with decent drainage, and these plants are not happy in overly dry conditions. Grow in full sun to medium shade; their colors are most vivid in full sun. Half-day sun produces softer colors that are still very appealing. Plants grown in too much sun may wilt, and plants grown in too much shade may become leggy. Pinch off flower spikes to retain plant's shape and to avoid distracting from the beautiful 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. Plants grown in too much sun may wilt. Plants grown in too much shade may become leggy.

  • 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
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
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  1. user-6127177 02/15/2016

    We had a mulch bin at our apartment building and someone threw the Dark Star Coleus next to the bin. It came up every year and started to spread. It sort of takes care of itself with a little watering.

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