When it’s about annuals, garden designers know that it’s not just about the flowers- foliage matters too. Discussing foliage, coleus is nothing less than a gem. These fleshy, Coleus coerulescens-succulent plants are a member of a popular mint family with woody grey-brown stems bearing fleshy succulent blue-green leaves and finely toothed margins.
Also known as hens-and-chicks, these succulent plants have a beautiful leaf structure with oppositely arranged leaves, and a square stem.
For all forgetful gardeners, Coleus is the ideal choice. It will never let you down. It blooms short, spiked pale-blue boat-shaped flowers.
Though Coleusis a heat-loving herbaceous plant but is usually treated as an annual. Coleuses reach a maximum height of 7 inches and are low maintenance.
Coleus coerulescens Special Features
These plants have a beautiful leaf structure with short pale-blue boat shaped flowers.
It has one of the best attractive foliage.
It makes an excellent indoor and terrace plant.
Hens-and-chicks, blue spur flower, false boldo.
2 to 2.50 feet
Pink/white, Blue/white, red/white
April to May
Effortless to grow
Coleus coerulescens Uses
The striking and the unusual appearance make it a great ornamental plant.
These plants are suitable for containers, rock gardens, cottage gardens, open shade gardens, woodland gardens, and Xeriscaping.
Planting and Care
Like most succulents, these plants do not require frequent watering.
For best appearance, pinch above the set of leaves or branching junction.
Allow the soil to dry off between watering.
Don’t forget to soak the soil when watering
Succulents require good drainage soil.
These plants do not do well in wet soils, but they thrive in poor soils.
Trim these succulent plants anytime in the spring, summer, and falls.
To encourage hardy growth and to get more vibrant colors, place the plant in lots of sunlight.
Use diluted fertilizers to encourage fuller growth of these nitro deficient succulent plants.
It’s best to pinch off the small flowers to direct more energy into the stem and foliage growth.