ColorBlaze Apple Brandy Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'ColorBlaze Apple Brandy')
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Deciduous Perennial in the Lamiaceae Family

About Coleus

It can be hard to find a bright pop of color for that tricky shady spot in your garden, but Coleus is always happy to steal the (albeit kind of dim) spotlight.

This low-maintenance, high-impact annual prefers moist, rich, loose soil and part-shade, and can even tolerate full shade (but may get leggy while she searches for a little more sun).

Coleus’s gem-toned, highly contrasted foliage can mound to 3’ high and 3’ wide, making her a dramatic addition to the part-shade garden.


Low maintenance, high contrast

Adds great color to your part-shade garden

Easily propagated from cuttings in water or potting soil


Can wilt in full sun - she can do it sometimes with extra love (more water)

Can get leggy in full-shade

Prefers moist soil and is not drought-tolerant

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 6 - 36 inches tall. 6 - 36 inches wide.
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 10a - 11b
Tags Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Fillers, Good for Beginners, Grown for Attractive Foliage, Insignificant Flowers, Shade Tolerant, Tender Perennial, Tender Perennials
Bloom Period Flowers not showy
Flower Color
Foliage Color

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