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‘Little Twister’ coleus

Plectranthus scutellarioides ‘Little Twister’

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Perfect for filling gaps, ‘Little Twister’ coleus has crimped, fingery leaves that emerge inky purple, then gradually change to predominantly yellow with lime edges and purple veins. Its 20-inch-long, deep purple stems and compact growth make ‘Little Twister’ a fabulous component of mixed containers.

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Noteworthy CharacteristicsCompact growth. Deep purple stems. Crimped leaves with eyecatching colors.

CareColeus are tender tropicals that are generally grown as annuals because they are hardy only in Zone 11. Provide full sun to part shade and moist but well-drained soil. Water freely in dry weather. Pinch back young plants to encourage bushiness. Flowering stalks may be removed to keep the focus on the foliage.

PropagationColeus are easy to grow from cuttings. Wait to put plants outdoors until spring nights remain above 50°F. See the link above for step-by-step instructions.

ProblemsColeus are generally unbothered by pests or diseases when grown outdoors, but watch for aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites indoors.

  • Genus : Plectranthus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 11
  • Plant Type : Annuals, Perennials
  • Uses : Color, Containers, Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Foliage Color : Green and yellow, Multicolored
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest, Summer Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Flower Color : White

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