Coleus forum: Elephant Ear Coleus

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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
Apr 4, 2017 8:04 AM CST
Hi, I'd be grateful for any information, because I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. I never had a lot of luck with Burpee, but one thing that performed sensationally was Elephant Ear Coleus, yes, that was the exact name, and it came in three different varieties, I bought one plant of two varieties and grew them in containers, and they were spectacular, the leaves were about 10" by 6", they grew like a weed, and the late autumn had to make a real effort to kill them off. The color of one was a sort of deep purple to black, and the other sort of like Alabama Sunset, but not the same kind of pattern. This was several years ago.

Burpee no longer has anything by that name, just Elephant Ear, which isn't a coleus, although similar looking, at least to me, and the color and the shape are different, and they're bulbs, and mine came as plants. Any thoughts, I thought they'd look especially nice out front this summer. Thank You!
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Apr 4, 2017 2:31 PM CST
They were perhaps what are now called Kong coleus? Readily available at garden centers.
Name: Abbey
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Garden10
Apr 4, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Thank you Gary!! Being new to the neighborhood, I don't want to take too many chances on what may or may not be available at local garden centers, so I shopped online and found Kong Lime Sprite, which will be perfect for out front! I also found another plant I love, and another coleus, Crimson Gold -- I'm so psyched, thanks again for helping!
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Apr 5, 2017 2:36 AM CST
You are very welcome!
Name: Abbey
Eastern New York State (Zone 6a)
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Garden10
May 10, 2017 12:10 PM CST
Hi Gary, and anyone else who ventures into this thread -- the coleus I wrote about in this thread arrived today, and I'm a little perturbed -- either I have a good reason to be, or I'm being ridiculous, you make the call.

I ordered Kong Lime Sprite and Crimson Gold -- not only are the plants smaller than I expected (no, I didn't expect them to look like the picture in full bloom, but I ordered the kong, which was then elephant ear, coleus from Burpee years back, and it came in like a quart pot. On top of that, the label on it just says Lime Sprite, not Kong Lime Sprite, even though the invoice does say Kong Lime Sprite. And the cherry on the cake -- I can't tell one from the other now that they're out of their protective sleeves that had the names on them. I thought the crimson gold would be striking even as a baby. Can any of you share any light? Thank You!



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"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
May 10, 2017 2:11 PM CST
The second pic looks like it could be a Kong the first doesn't to me.
Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 11, 2017 2:41 PM CST
Well, they're planted, and I bought a Redhead one today, too, so we'll see, thanks Gary. Smiling
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
May 11, 2017 3:24 PM CST
The second one looks like a Kong.
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