(Coleus scutellarioides ‘Black Dragon’)
Black Dragon Coleus is a shade-loving, warm-weathered, tender perennial flower that is native to tropical southeast Asia but is commonly found growing in many homes and gardens throughout the United States. At maturity, this plant reaches a height of 12” and features dazzling, deep burgundy centered leaves and purplish black wavy edges! This plant can be grown in a container, has attractive foliage that is a great addition to cut flowers, attracts bees and hummingbirds, and can be grown in a container!
Variety: Black Dragon
Native Range: Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, China Southeast, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, New Guinea, Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Solomon Is., Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Western Australia.
Introduced into: Bangladesh, Belize, Colombia, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Gilbert Is., Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Marquesas, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niue, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Samoa, Society Is., Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Wallis-Futuna Is., Windward Is.
Grown as: Annual, Tender Perennial
Bloom: Spring through Fall
Light: Partial shade to full shade
Water: Moist, well-drained, pH 5.6 - 7.5
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. After the inconspicuous flowers fade, the tiny seeds will develop in the dried flower head. Shake the ripening plant over a container to remove the mature seed. Keep the seed in a cool, dry place.
Containers?: Yes. Fills a 6- to 8-inch pot beautifully.
Sow Depth: On soil surface.
Produces: dazzling, deep burgundy centered leaves that are surrounded by purplish black wavy edges!
USDA Grow Zone: 4-10
For bushier, fuller plants, keep the growing tips pinched. To extend the lush color into fall, remove any stray flower spikes that emerge, they take energy away from maintaining the gorgeous foliage, and the flowers are insignificant. Flower buds should be pinched off as soon as they develop. If a coleus plant is allowed to seed, it has completed its life cycle and will die. Frost will cause them to die immediately.