Coleus is a stunning garden accent that can be planted in pots, as edging, in mass planting or as beautiful landscape filler. Coleus is prized for its vivid chartreus leaves, which are veined with deep purple. It will grow spikes of purple flowers, but these are often trimmed away because they can detract from the plant’s foliage growth and send the plant into decline. Coleus is a tropical plant that thrives in temperatures between 70 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and it cannot withstand temperatures below 60. For that reason, it’s often planted as an annual in the United States, but it also thrives indoor during the winter. Plant Coleus in partial shade. The plant must be kept moist, but requires well-drained soil.
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