Monday, December 16, 2013


My collection of coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) is currently quite a bit smaller than it used to be in my old apartment, where these shade-loving foliage plants were one of the few truly colorful things that would grow reliably. However, of the remaining three varieties, one is doing particularly well right now.

Pink coleus selection (Solenostemon scutellarioides)

Unlike the other two surviving selections, whose ancestors came from cuttings, this one originates with a chance seedling in a pot of something else on a windowsill at the house in Michigan. It was not very vigorous, but the extremely vibrant coloring of an almost chartreuse light green, deep crimson, ghostly creamy white and a screaming neon pink prompted me to take cuttings and grow it on. Two generations later, with a big pot, plenty of fertilizer, and a bit more sun than I usual give my coleus, it is really coming into its own on.


  1. A nice jolt of color during this monochromatic (it's gray here) time of year! I'm glad you nurtured that seedling!

  2. Love Coleus and use it lots in the garden as summer bedding for splashes of bright colour!


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