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ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Kakegawa CE2'

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ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Kakegawa CE2') at Pesche's Garden Center

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus foliage

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus foliage

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ColorBlaze Chocolate Drop Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Kakegawa CE2') at Pesche's Garden Center

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus foliage

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Group/Class:  ColorBlaze® Series

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

From shade to sun, this trailing variety with stuns with beautiful foliage; rounded green leaves with deep crimson centers and veins cascade from hanging baskets, patio containers and window boxes; heat tolerant and low maintenance

Ornamental Features

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus' attractive serrated lobed leaves remain green in color with distinctive crimson veins throughout the year on a plant with a trailing habit of growth.

Landscape Attributes

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus is an herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. The flowers of this plant may actually detract from its ornamental features, so they can be removed as they appear. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

ColorBlaze® Chocolate Drop Coleus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its trailing habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
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Ornamental Features