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Freckles Coleus scutellarioides

Exposure
  • Sun or Shade
Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
2'6" 18" 76cm 46cm
Height: 2' - 2'6"
Spread: 12" - 18"
Height: 61cm - 76cm
Spread: 30cm - 46cm
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  • Details

    24 - 30 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    61cm - 76cm
    30cm - 46cm
    30cm - 46cm

    Features

    Bronze and orange splotches on pale yellow leaves all summer

    Award Winner
    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Attracts: 
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 30 Inches 61cm - 76cm
    Spacing: 
    12 - 18 Inches 30cm - 46cm
    Spread: 
    12 - 18 Inches 30cm - 46cm
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Shade: 
    Multicolored
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun or Shade

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in beds, borders and containers

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Many people feel that coleus look best before they flower. 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

  • 4 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I've enjoyed Freckles 2 years in a row, and am looking forward to planting it again this Spring!

      Carol Light
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • This plant became an incredible blaze of color in a very large container and didn't need any attention other than the usual watering and fertilizer.

      Suzanne
      , Vermont
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Love this coleus, Great color, late flowering, did well all summer

      Tristan Mardall
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Love it!

      Marilyn B. Grua
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
  • 8 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2007 Best of the Zoo Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2007 Best of the Zoo Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2007 Best of the Zoo Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2007 Best of the Zoo Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2004 Top Picks Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2004 Top Picks Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2004 Top Picks Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2004 Top Picks Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
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