Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides Black Dragon) - For a dark foliage plant, grow Coleus seeds and enjoy the show! Solenostemon scutellarioides Coleus is perfect for adding some intense color into the shade border. Or grow a Coleus house plant indoors in a sunny window. Coleus Black Dragon is an unusually richly-textured, warmly-colored foliage plant. Compact, very showy, and easy to grow, it's a must-have for anyone with an area of shade, and it's so easy to establish with flower seeds. The leaves are spectacular, both for their red-to-midnight-purple color shading and their rippling edges which will pucker and begin to turn colors. A familiar common name for Coleus is Painted Nettle. It is suggested to grow Coleus seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost is expected. The flower seeds need to be pressed into the soil but not covered. Cover the starting pots or trays loosely with plastic wrap to help maintain moisture. Bottom water to keep the Coleus seeds moist. Remove plastic once germination occurs.
- Season: Annual
- USDA Zones: 4 - 10
- Height: 12 inches
- Bloom Season: Spring through fall
- Foliage Color: Purple mix
- Environment: Partial shade to full shade