ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop')
sol-en-oh-STEM-on skoot-el-lar-ee-OY-deez 'ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop'

Annual (usually grown as an annual near you) in the Lamiaceae Family

Lobed, rounded green leaves have a deep crimson center and crimson venation.


Low maintenance, high contrast

Adds great color to your part-shade garden

Easily propagated from cuttings in water or potting soil


This plant is probably not winter-hardy outdoors where you live.
Highlights I can take a sunny site if I get water every day but careful not to have soggy soil or standing water. Watch for me to wilt - it's a sign I need more water.

Plant Data

Mature Size 18 - 24 inches tall. 18 - 24 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Partial Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 10a - 11b (Usually hardy to 30° F)
Tags Annual, Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Filler, Full Shade, Good for Beginners, Good for Cut Flowers, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Insignificant Flowers, Medium, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Shade Tolerant, Tender Perennial
Bloom Period Flowers not showy
Foliage Color

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