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Merlin's Magic Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun or Shade
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 10 - 16 Inches
Proven Selections
Merlin's Magic Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides
Sun or Shade 10 - 16

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

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
10 - 16 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 16 Inches
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

  • Excellent color display. Summer of 2012. I placed in pot by water feature and my pond toad liked to relax on it.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    MaggieMay
    Franklin
    Wisconsin
    United States
    5 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2008 Top Performer Michigan State University
2008 Top Performer Michigan State University
2008 Top Performer Michigan State University
2007 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
2007 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
2007 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
2007 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
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