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Merlin's Magic Coleus Plectranthus scutellarioides

Exposure
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
16" 16"
Height
10" - 16"
Spread
12" - 16"
  • Details

    Features

    Extremely compact, uniform foliage featuring a blend of rich purple, green and pink tones

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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    10 - 16 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 16 Inches
    Spread: 
    12 - 16 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    Pink
    Foliage Shade: 
    Multicolored
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun or Shade
    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

  • 1 Review

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Excellent color display. Summer of 2012. I placed in pot by water feature and my pond toad liked to relax on it.

      MaggieMay
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
  • 3 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2008 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2008 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2008 Top Performer Michigan State University
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