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ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper Coleus
by Alice Longfellow - posted 10/11/13


The new growth on both ColorBlaze Sedona and Keystone Kopper coleus is touched with purple tones, which is accentuated when planted near other purple flowers or foliage.

The perfect annual for fall gardens, ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper coleus has unique coloring that blends well with many different plant combinations. It looks great with orange, gold, bronze and salmon, yet the purple highlights on the new growth tips contrast nicely with the copper-colored foliage. Use in fall container combinations or as an accent plant in flowerbeds and borders.

Most sun-loving coleus varieties actually peak in September and October. They grow all summer into large bushes, and with the cooling temperatures of autumn, the foliage colors intensify drawing attention to this easy to grow annual.

The ColorBlaze series of coleus bloom very late in the season, perfect for gardeners that would normally spend the summer picking off the blooms. Coleus is deer resistant  and attracts hummingbirds when  in bloom.

Common Name: ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper coleus

Latin Name: Plectranthus scutellarioides

Flower: Lavender purple

Foliage Color: Coppery with purple tips

Type: Annual

Size: 24 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide

Watering: Average

Exposure: Sun or shade

When to Plant: Spring or fall

Landscape Use: Coleus Keystone Kopper is best used in the landscape or in container plantings. Its unique coloring makes it a very intriguing plant to use in combination with other flowering annuals.

Mix ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper coleus with other sun-loving annuals, such as lantana, petunia and sweetpotato vine (Ipomoea batatas). 

From Missouri Gardener Volume III Issue V. Photos courtesy of Proven Winners.

 


Alice Longfellow has owned and operated Longfellow’s Garden Center in Centertown for 26 years and shares her gardening knowledge weekly on the mid-Missouri based radio show “The Garden Spot.”