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‘Orange King’ coleus

Plectranthus 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.  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.

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Noteworthy CharacteristicsGlowing, warm orange foliage. Tall, upright form. May be overwintered indoors where not hardy.

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
  • 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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