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Solenostemon scutellarioides /Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides  / Solenostemon scutellarioides
A landscape planting at a sorority house on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge
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A landscape planting at a sorority house on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge

Close-up of coleus showing intricate color pattering in the foliage

Ground cover planting

Colorful foliage

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Scientific Name: Solenostemon scutellarioides
Common Name: Coleus
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This coleus produces large colorful foliage. Although a perennial, most coleuses are treated as annuals and new plants or fresh cuttings are made each spring. Grow in fertile well drained soil and fertilize plants several times during the summer with a water soluble formulation. Coleus blooms, while coleus blooms may not have much ornamental value, they should be removed to encourage the production of new foliage. Members of the 'Kong' series cannot tolerate bright sunlight during the heat of the day.