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ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Torchlight'

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ColorBlaze Torchlight Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Torchlight') at Roger's Gardens

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus foliage

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus foliage

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ColorBlaze Torchlight Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Torchlight') at Roger's Gardens

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Group/Class:  ColorBlaze® Series

Brand:  Proven Winners


This stunning variety features eye-catching foliage; perfect for patio containers or in the garden; low maintenance; shade or sun, this beauty will flourish all season long

Ornamental Features

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus' attractive serrated pointy leaves remain burgundy in color with distinctive fuchsia veins and tinges of lime green throughout the year on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth.

Landscape Attributes

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. The flowers of this plant may actually detract from its ornamental features, so they can be removed as they appear. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

ColorBlaze® Torchlight® Coleus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features