ColorBlaze Torchlight Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'ColorBlaze Torchlight')
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Annual (usually grown as an annual near you)

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

Tags Annual, Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Deciduous, Filler, Full Shade, Good for Beginners, Good for Cut Flowers, Grown For Attractive Foliage, Insignificant Flowers, Shade Tolerant, Tender Perennial
Foliage Color

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