Dark Star Coleus

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    May 06, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    I've bought a pale pink tea rose and am looking for a black plant for contrast.

    Dark Star coleus claims to be a full sun plant. Has anyone ever tried growing this plant in blazing hot southwest sun?

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    May 07, 2009 2:08 AM GMT
    I think you don't have a lot to choose from if you insist on black foliage.
    Coleus generally benefit from some shade.
    They tend to bolt quickly in hot sun.
    (bolt = send up those unattractive flower spikes and attempt to be done with life by going to seed).
    But it's the light variegated foliage that tends to burn up in the sun.
    So the dark coleus might be fine.

    I'm no color-coordination expert, but I'd use clear yellow marigolds and play it safe.
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    May 07, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    Haha, we think alike. I bought those little yellow marigolds too.icon_biggrin.gif
  • GQjock

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    May 07, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    Actually black foliage is an adaptation of plants to Live in full sun

    Here is one that should go well with a pink rose
    http://gardening.about.com/library/bl_SamBlackBeauty.htm
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    May 07, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
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    26mileman saidI've bought a pale pink tea rose and am looking for a black plant for contrast.

    Dark Star coleus claims to be a full sun plant. Has anyone ever tried growing this plant in blazing hot southwest sun?




    Coleus need shade to development bright color.
    How about black mondo grass. http://www.heronswood.com/grasses_ophiopogon/ophiopogon-planiscapus-nigrescens/

    it is actually much darker than this photo shows it. "A carpet of darkness seldom observed in the plant kingdom"
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    May 07, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    The Mondo Grass is way cool.

    Well whatever you do, 26, hope you'll post some pics!
    ...you dirty little hoe-er.

    (Oh sorry, I just can't resist amusing myself).
  • Timbales

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    May 07, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    If you're considering a small tree, try a prunus cerasifera (purple thundercloud).

    It get small pink flowers in spring, and the foliage is a deep maroon.