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‘Red Trailing Queen’ coleus

Plectranthus scutellarioides ‘Red Trailing Queen’

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As basic as a black dress, 15-inch-tall ‘Red Trailing Queen’ bedecks herself from leaf to stem in regal burgundy. Her simple oval leaf shape and straightforward color complement most shades, except blue and true purple. The subtle strength of the coleus’s burgundy foliage strikes a balance with soft pinks or pale yellows as well as bright fuchsias or bold oranges.

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Noteworthy CharacteristicsTrailing coleus tends to have leaves that are only an inch long, and the plants typically grow 12 to 18 inches tall. They are perfect for containers or for softening the front of a border

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 Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 11
  • Plant Height : 12 to 18 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals, Perennials
  • Uses : Color, Containers, Foliage, Shade
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest, Summer Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Flower Color : White

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