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Solenostemon Henna (Coleus)

Coleus Henna, Solenostemon scutellarioides Henna, Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Balcenna'

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Solenostemon Henna, Coleus Henna, Plectranthus Henna, Variegated Coleus, Variegated Solenostemon, Variegated Plectranthus

Noted for its serrated foliage, Solenostemon Henna (Coleus) is a tropical evergreen tender perennial boasting chartreuse to copper-pink leaves complemented by dark burgundy undersides. Easy to grow, low maintenance, and heat tolerant, Coleus is terrific as a bedding annual or planted in containers where it never fails to add drama. Bring indoors this tropical plant for winter beyond its hardiness range.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 14-28 in. tall (35-70 cm) and 16-20 in. wide (40-50 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders or containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for mealybugs and mites.
  • Pinch out tips to encourage bushiness. Cut back if bringing indoors for winter.
  • Propagate by seed in early spring (cultivars may not come true) or by softwood cuttings in summer.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Solenostemon
Common names Coleus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" - 20"
(40cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
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Recommended Companion Plants

Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’ (Mealy Cup Sage)
Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ (Taro)
Dahlia ‘Gallery Monet’
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Coleus: How to Grow and Care with Success
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 10 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Solenostemon
Common names Coleus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 16" - 20"
(40cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
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Do I Need?
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