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ColorBlaze® Alligator Tears Coleus
Solenostemon scutellarioides

  • Exposure
    • Sun or Shade
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 20 - 30 Inches
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ColorBlaze® Alligator Tears Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides
Sun or Shade 20 - 30

Features

These COLORS never fade.

Crocodile green foliage with a creamy-yellow tear drop center.

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Adaptable As Houseplant
Foliage Interest
Heat Tolerant
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Garden Height: 
20 - 30 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 16 Inches
Spread: 
10 - 14 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Purple
Flower Shade: 
Lavender
Foliage Shade: 
Variegated
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun or Shade
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardy Temperature: 
35°F
Hardiness Zones: 
10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Container
Uses Notes: 

Use in beds, borders and containers.

Maintenance Notes: 

Many people feel that coleus look best before they flower. We have worked hard to choose coleus that bloom late in the season or not at all. To keep foliage in top shape, pinch off the blooms as they appear if you wish.

Rules of Thumb for Overwintering Plants Indoors:

1. Choose only healthy plants

2. Bring Plants indoors before frost damages foliage

3. Treat for disease and insects before bringing plants indoors

4. Place in bright areas and add humidity using pebble trays or spray bottles

5. Be careful not to over water

6 When active growth starts in spring fertilize and prune as needed

7. Introduce your plants slowly to outdoor conditions in spring

An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

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