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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Sep 28, 2015 8:32 AM CST
Pls share your pics of & observations Coleus flowers! (Yes, I know about the "you're supposed to remove the blooms" thing, so pls don't take the discussion in that direction. I leave the flowers on, various flying critters love them.)

From what I've observed, the actual flowers are always a shade of lavender, which can vary in intensity. But, IDK how observant I am, because it just occurred to me this weekend that they sometimes look really different at a glance because of diff stem & bract color. Some are almost white, some are very dark.

Indian Summer (dark stems & bracts) & Florida Sun Jade (lighter S&B's) together:
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Electric Lime (very light S&B's, very pale but still lavender blooms):
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quietyard
Oct 2, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Tiffany I tend to leave the flowers on mine as well and then get to enjoy little volunteer Coleus popping up here and there. Thumbs up
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purpleinopp
Oct 3, 2015 7:00 AM CST
Yes! For the first time ever, I've had some this year too, they're SO cute!
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quietyard
Oct 3, 2015 12:17 PM CST
They are!! Hilarious!
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Onewish1
Oct 4, 2015 2:46 AM CST

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no point in leaving them on in our cold area.. would never self seed here.. I will let them flower towards the end of the season if I already took cuttings to root
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pirl
Oct 4, 2015 8:17 AM CST
They won't germinate here either, Allison. I do remove them since they just don't thrill me.
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CarolineScott
Oct 4, 2015 8:26 AM CST
I let the indoor plants flower, but now I will be looking to see the bracts.
I have several which need potting on.
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stilldew
Oct 4, 2015 2:03 PM CST
I'm letting a few flower now that I have taken cuttings. I think you are right about it being the color of the stems that make the flower colors look different. Most all seem to be some shade of lavender. Some look a little more white or blue. Here are a couple with different color stems that really have about the same light lavender colored flowers.
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quietyard
Oct 4, 2015 3:17 PM CST
Beautiful, Susan! Thumbs up
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Oct 5, 2015 2:16 AM CST

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very pretty
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purpleinopp
Nov 3, 2015 4:02 PM CST
This cute little butterfly is about an inch across. I can't remember its' name.

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Nov 5, 2015 3:27 AM CST

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Pretty!!
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purpleinopp
Nov 18, 2015 11:34 AM CST
Found blooms on 'Perilla Magilla' while taking cuttings today. Never seen this one bloom before (except a puny not-fully-formed bud on 1 stem last winter, pic also in database.) So often called a Coleus, I thought it might be enjoyable in this discussion too.




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Nov 19, 2015 3:48 AM CST

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Awesome
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keithp2012
Dec 9, 2015 12:57 AM CST
Onewish1 said:no point in leaving them on in our cold area.. would never self seed here.. I will let them flower towards the end of the season if I already took cuttings to root


I spread thousands of seeds in my garden, going to see if next year they germinate. Plants can't handle cold, but who knows, mabye seeds can?
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Dec 9, 2015 3:48 AM CST

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they are such slow growers .. they wouldn't be anything worth seeing by the end of summer here.. usually start my seeds in January or February inside to be a nice size in spring
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purpleinopp
Dec 10, 2015 8:30 AM CST
The sprouts that showed up in my yard this year (starting about June, I think, from seeds falling off of plants) didn't get big enough for me to bother ever trying to do anything with Coleus seeds unless/until I move to a tropical location. I prefer Coleus as big shrubs, not itty bitty plants, though not saying there's anything wrong with that, just what I prefer to spend time doing or not doing. No room for starting them inside @ my house, and doubt they would sprout inside anyway because of cold; we only heat part of the house, while we are in the particular room. I totally enjoyed observing the little sprouts though. They're more than welcome to show up anytime!

Can't wait to hear if you get sprouts, Keith!
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Dec 12, 2015 4:41 AM CST

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Any surprise babies are always fun
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LovetheseBuggers
Feb 19, 2016 5:11 PM CST
I have let all my Coleus flower through COMPLETELY eventually cut and dry the stalks to collect the thousands of Seeds!!!!
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LovetheseBuggers
Feb 19, 2016 7:00 PM CST
More Flowering Stalks which by Seasons end here netted me thousands of seeds which many are now germinating nicely in my indoor Greenhouse!!!
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