alabama sunset


Sun tolerant.

Bright light accelerates the colors.


Purchased online through Gebhart’s Oct. 2010. The cuttings are struggling over the winter!


alice’s malice





Purchased at Atlock Farms, June 2010. Not sure what kind of light it wants, but so far doing well in shade. Similar to ‘max levering’ but colors are darker. Pinch back frequently, seems to get leggy. Withstands the cold better than some.







Some morning sun ok

Purchased from Rosy Gardens. Plants are getting leggy inside in winter.







Black dragon ?


Not sure of name, got it from Barbara Delamater.





Light shade

Purchased mail order, fall 2010. The one in picture had just been “topped”. Slow growing, seems to tend toward leggy.


Blushing zebra


Purchased online. RD?





sun or shade

seems to do well in either.


Hardy, fast growing, easy to propagate. Needs to be pinched back or gets leggy.


Burning bush


Purchased online. RD I think.


butter cream


Sun tolerant

Purchased mail order from Color Farm, Sep 2010 for $4.50. Slow growing so far, but very nice. Needs to be pinched back frequently or gets leggy.








Looks a lot like ‘Peter Wonder’ too. I’m going to order a ‘peter wonder’ so I can compare.



This one definitely wants shade. It gets an unattractive burned look if too much sun. Recommend NO direct sunlight.





Morning sun


Purchased mail order fall 2010. Online picture was bright  red, which this one is NOT. Maybe it will turn red in sun. Never got this red, wasn’t all that nice.



careless love


some sun

Big and bushy, grows fast. Nice, compact growth, but gets big so provide space. One plant will be 2 ft in diameter quickly. Does well in about half day of sun if morning sun. Large (but not huge) leaves. Purchased from Atlock Farms. Very nice plant.


Careless love sport, all maroon. Don’t know if it has a name.




cathy’s sunset























Purchased mail order from Glassworks for $6.00, Sep 2010. So far seems very difficult to  propagate and parent plant growing very slowly. Not doing too well.  Got eaten by an animal, but came back.

*city lights


Purchased from Ott’s Nursery, Sep 2010, but it didn’t have a name on it.


*cranberry sun





Came from Amelia’s Garden via Lorna, fall 2010. Not sure of name, but looks like cranberry sun.


Sun Tolerant.  18 to 24 inches tall at maturity.  A Vern Ogren (Color Farm) introduction.


Color is very different in summer. It gets a lot of green in it, but it’s still pretty.


crimson velvet

Some sun

Purchased online.


Very slow growing. Didn’t go all that well.



*dappled apple


Got as dappled apple from Lorna but it seems to be changing. Looks a lot like one called ‘electric lime’


morning or evening sun afternoon shade


Nice. Compact growth. Easy to propagate. Currently about 18 in high (under tree in front). Would probably grow bigger elsewhere. Not sure, but seems to be ok with about 3 hours of sun. Proven Winner. Easy to propagate, nice and busy. Has changed and now looks more like ‘electric lime’.




Once thought it was delphina, but now think ‘pele’ is right.




From Ott’s Nursery, fall 2010. Didn’t have a labeled name.

dipt in wine

Partial shade

Seems to do well in sun or shade, but colors turn lighter if too much sun. Color patterns vary a lot depending on temperature, soil and light conditions. Hardy. Nice plant.



duke of swirl


some sun


Purchased from Atlock Farms, June, 2010. Seems to want some sun. Slow growing, small (about 12 to 14 in.) A lot like careless love, but not as green and smaller leaves and much slower growing, and not nearly as big. Difficult to propagate.



fanatic radish



Purchased from Atlock Farms, 12/09, said it was a sport of their ‘religious radish’, and they weren’t sure how consistent it would be. It’s rather inconsistent, but interesting. Gets dull and bleached if too much light. Keep it in the shade and it’s nice.




Assume morning sun

Purchased from Otts nursery, Sep 2010. Easy to propagate. Very pretty.






Purchased Dec 5, 2009 from Atlock Farms. Gets green and rust if not enough sun. Needs a lot of sun, but protection from the hottest afternoon sun. Goes to flower easily in fall. Labeled as a ‘sun coleus’. Rather compact, to about 2 ft by 1.5 ft diameter.



garnet robe




Best in shade, though it will also tolerant some sun. It gets long drooping stems so looks nice in window boxes. Can also be cut back to look compact. Nice, hardy. In shade, leaves are velvety.


gay’s delight


(started out as ‘the line’ ?)





Seems to do ok in some sun too


Very fast growing, not too leggy. Very easy to propagate. Does well in shade. Amount of dark lines seems to vary. Bright light SEEMS to increase the dark markings, but not sure. Gets better as it ages. Very nice for those dark shady areas.


giant fantasy’  ?

curly magenta’ ?



I think this had a wrong label as  it doesn’t fit descriptions of that plant. I think it might be ‘curly magenta’.



Was a free one from one of the orders, fall 2010. A lot like fireworks in leaf shape, but is more pink, whereas fireworks is more red.


gold giant


shade or sun

Gold Giant is an large upright plant with dark stems supporting large golden leaves with a burgundy mid rib and vein also a pence thin line on leafs edge. Gold Giant is also full sun tolerant, makes an outstanding standard blooms very late in season. So far tends to be very leggy. Purchased online.


* grape expectations

or ‘stained glass’ ?




Not sure of real name, but seems to vary at times between ‘grape expectations’ and ‘stained glass’. Gets leggy, needs pinching back frequently in beginning. Somewhat difficult to propagate.


* green freckles



Don’t know the name of this but someone said ‘freckles’, but this one stays green. This one is getting a green sport that is a lot like dappled apple. Grows to about 2ft. Gets leggy if not pinched back. Most leaves more finally patterned than this view.




Also a lot like ‘kingswood karnival


partial shade


In shade, it will be mostly green with just a little yellow, but with more light, it will be more yellow and purple. Gets leggy, pinch back frequently.






partial shade


Purchased this June, 2010 from Ramblewood Nursery. Not sure what kind of light it wants, but doing ok in partial shade. Interesting leaf pattern, with purple underneath. Inside in winter, it is turning red. Turned green again outside in summer.



Inky fingers


sun or shade.

Seems to do fine in either.

Has a bushy form that makes it a good basket and container subject. Sun tolerant, and also fine in total shade. Survives the cold and light frost much better than other coleus. Very hardy. Nice and compact, doesn’t seem to need pinching back. Very consistent!


*inky toes

(or a lot like it, except it has a dot of magenta near the center, sometimes)


A trailing coleus.


* inky pink

or Tabasco?

Can’t find a strong match on this one.




Varies a lot with age, light and temperature. Looks much better in shade (but not a dense shade) and improves greatly with age. Bleaches out easily. Needs pinching back frequently or becomes leggy.



Kingswood torch


Purchased from Wolf nursery in mount holly. Very pretty. Did well in some sun. Small plant.


kona red














Partial shade


Some came from the church in Haddonfield, and another plant of same from Lorna. Also Purchased online Sep 2010 from Color Farm for $5.00. Hardy, easy to propagate. Changed in appearance as it got older. Easy to propagate, hardy.


lime frills


Purchased online Sep 2010 from Color Farm for $4.00. Nice plant. Did well in shade. Easy to propagate.


*Mrs harding



Was a cutting from Ott’s nursery, Sep, 2010. Slow growing!



Some morning sun ok

Purchased at Black Creek Nursery out Lancaster way.

A lot like ‘red head’ but slower growing and not as sun tolerant. Color is a little darker. Hard to tell apart when young, but oxblood is darker and grows slower and is smaller.



pink chaos


At least a few hours of sun a day (morning sun is best). It will turn green if it gets too much shade.


Very thin stemmed and fragile, but one advantage is, it will droop over edge of hanging baskets. The one in the picture was purchased at Ott’s Nursery in Schwenksville, PA (home of Mum Mountain), about 2007. It was a single stemmed plant about 14 inches high and cost $4. It propagates pretty easily.



max levering


Some sun, morning sun is best.

Does very well in part sun, turning a nice yellow, but must be introduced to sun gradually.

Does well in shade too (as in the picture), but would be more chartreuse. Grows rather fast to about 20 in. Easy to propagate.










This one not a coleus, but an herb. Very nice dark purple bushy.  It will self sow (dramatically!) the next year. It is invasive, but very pretty in locations that can handle that.


perilla magilla


partial shade

It is not a coleus, but it looks like one and is very similar. It is an herb. The leaves are very purple on the underside, and leaves vary from very magenta in center, to very white. The plant will turn darker and more magenta if it gets more sun.









Pinch back frequently in beginning or gets leggy. Gets much nicer with more yellow as it matures in summer.


red ruffles


some sun

Nice compact growth, labeled as a sun coleus, but does best if protected from the hottest sun. Too much sun bleaches it, Gets a little dull and muddy looking underneath, after awhile. From Leas, June 2010




some sun


Nice compact growth, labeled as a ‘sun coleus’, but does best if protected from the hottest sun. Turns pinker with too much sun (or maybe just with age). Seems to be doing fine in shade also! Purchased from Leas, June 2010. Proven Winner.


religious radish


some sun

Purchased at Atlock Farms, June 2010. Nice, bushy to about 2ft.


rustic orange



Big and bushy (with compact growth)  so allow space. One plant was about 2.5 ft by 2 ft diameter. Grows rather fast. Does well in sun. The leaves underneath begin to get faded and dull, but overall still very pretty. Purchased from Leas, June 2010. This one is getting about 5 hours of direct sun. Labeled as a ‘sun coleus’. Very hardy, and easy to propagate.





sun or shade

Looks quite different at times, and varies a lot with light exposure,  temperature, soil and age (but all are very nice). Very inconsistent. ‘country wine’ is very similar and probably came from it.






Labeled as a ‘sun coleus’ and definitely wants sun. It will get dull and muddy without enough sun. Beautiful, compact, about 18 in. This one is getting about 5 hours of direct sun. Purchased from Ramblewood nursery, June, 2010 for $4 per plant (4 plants in picture). Other cuttings were obtained from Atlock Farms in May 2010.


Tilt a Whirl


Got one from Susan, the other from Wolf Nursery. The two looked quite different, the one from Wolf being browner.Over the winter though, the cuttings are looking more the same.


Twist 'n' Twirl




some sun

( best if morning sun, and protected from hot afternoon sun.)

Develops bright colors as the summer progresses, then gets a little duller in the fall. Best in sun, (and is labeled as a ‘sun coleus’ ) where colors will include bright yellows, reds and maroons. Limit amount of fertilizer because the nitrogen in the fertilizer blend will only make the greens richer. The multi-colored leaves appear to be twisting. The picture is one that was purchased at Atlock  Farms, Somerset, NJ.Dec, 2009.  Very nice plant!

*Gold Twist

Twist n twirl – sport, might be called ‘gold twist’.

some sun

( best if morning sun, and protected from hot afternoon sun.)

This is a sport from the twist n twirl plant shown above. The parent also has all red sports. These sports might have their own names.


Twist n twirl  sport

(hot embers)


some sun

( best if morning sun, and protected from hot afternoon sun.)


This is the red sport from the twist n twirl plant shown above.








Sun and heat bring out the best in this plant, as per Color Farm


Purchased mail order from Color Farm, Sep 2010 for $7.50 Slow growing. Developed a lot of green in summer. Maybe it should be in less sun.



*walter turner

Not sure of name, but seems similar to this one. Got it from Barbara Delamater.






Light shade


From Lorna (as most are, unless stated otherwise). Gets prettier with age.



* wizard jade



Rather hard to propagate, and seems to have a problem when it gets too much light (turning all white then dropping leaves). A very similar cutting from a different source, seems to be a little hardier.