Description: If you like those little chocolate mint candies that they hand out at certain restaurants, then here is a plant for you. Chocolate Mint Coleus has a rich brown center with mint green scalloped edges. Though they aren’t quite as tasty as the candy, they do bring an element of contrast to your flower bed or mixed container. Coleus is a tropical plant grown as a summer annual for its variously colored foliage. The small, blue to white, Salvia-like flowers are insignificant. Coleus performs best in moist well drained soil in shaded locations, but can adapt to lesser sites. Coleus is heat tolerant but not particularly drought tolerant.
A Fantastic Foliage™, a Hot Summer Survivors and a Made for the Shade selection!
Spacing: Plant 8″ to 12″ apart.
Height: Grows 14″ to 20″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in part sun to full shade.
Outstanding Features: Coleus’ multicolored foliage can brighten up shady areas.
Tips: All coleus need plenty of water. For bushier coleus, pinch off flower stalks and other spindly stems.
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Landscapes, Indoor Plant
Top Photo © 2001 Ball Horticultural Company
Bottom Picture © 2010 Parks Brothers Farm