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ColorBlaze® Dark Star Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun or Shade
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 12 - 24 Inches
Proven Winners
ColorBlaze® Dark Star Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides
Sun or Shade 12 - 24

Features

I'll be an AFFAIR to REMEMBER.

Stunning, dark purple foliage all summer.

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

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
12 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 16 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Black/Purple
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
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
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.

  • Excellent. Almost black. Strong in sun or shade. Very seldom sets blooms.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Kay Diehl
    California
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top Performer Kansas State University
2012 Top Performer in Containers Kansas State University
2012 Hall of Fame Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
2011 Top Performer - Containers Kansas State University
2011 Top Performer - Containers Kansas State University
2011 Top Performer Kansas State University
2011 Top Performer Kansas State University
2010 Top Performers Mast Arboretum
2010 Very Good Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
2010 Very Good Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
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