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Coleus hybridus

Flame nettle

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Features

  • Height0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourPale blue
  • Leaf ColourPurple, green, white, rust, purple

Description

Coleus hybridus (Flame nettle). This is an upright perennial herb or sub-shrub which is native to Malaysia and S.E Asia. It will bear ovate large toothed leaves and pale blue terminal flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

Malaysia and SE Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful leaves and flowers. Make excellent pot plants.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are hardy or some species are frost tender, min 4-10C. Grow them in sun or partial shade with fertile well drained soil. You should choose a sheltered position. Water them freely in the summer and much less at other times. Pinch out growing shoots of young plants to encourage a bushy habit.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds sown under glass in late winter or by softwood cuttings in the spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bug and whitefly may cause problems.

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