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With some of the most colorful foliage of any plant, coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) is a showstopper in a shady garden. This tender tropical plant has an amazing array of colors and leaf patterns. Look for hot pink, orange, lime green, burgundy, chocolate brown, yellow, lavender and even a purple so dark it looks black. Though coleus does produce spikes of lavender flowers, you'll appreciate it most for the colorful leaves, which typically look like a rounded triangle with scalloped edges. Other leaf shapes are frilly, skinny or deeply notched, depending on the cultivar.

Coleus 'Ruby Ruffles' (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Ruby Ruffles')

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