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Coleus: Love this coleus, but noID, any idea what cultivar it is

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CatMint20906

CatMint20906
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2013
7:22 PM

Post #9615902

I got this as a little sprig this spring with no ID. It has flourished in a bed that gets wonderful morning sun and some filtered afternoon sun as well. Lots of luxuriant growth, velvety leaves, lots of lavendar spikey blooms. Anyone have any idea what cultivar it is?

P.S.--the leaves look shiny in these photos because they were wet in the morning dew. They normally look velvety rather than shiny.

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cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 29, 2013
8:18 PM

Post #9615951

CatMint, growing is usually easy, but IDing can be confusing if not a bit difficult.

You can usually check with Rosy Dawn Gardens, but they are closed, and the selection is more limited.

You can also check
http://taylorgreenhouses.com/coleus.html
and
http://www.coleusfinder.org/pictures.php

They are sending up flower spikes as a result of the sun and warm conditions, but do not let them flower. Just pick off the spike at the base as early as you see it. If you permit it to bloom, the plant will get old looking. Some people let them flower for the seeds, but since as you know they are easy to root, there is not much point in collecting seeds. Pinching encourages new growth and bushiness which makes them fuller.

I expect you'll get a positive ID from a reader/grower who will be happy to share.

Marcia

CatMint20906

CatMint20906
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2013
3:54 AM

Post #9616124

thanks, Marcia--good reminder for me to remove the flower spikes!
Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

July 30, 2013
5:32 AM

Post #9616185

I had similar one before(see the right part of the attached photo). Plants like this could be sports from others, such as Careless love, or other Rainbows Series. I presume that it has not been registered by our market because many sports from different cultivars can make very similar plants.

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steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2013
10:57 PM

Post #9622725

Could it be the one called "Pat Martin"?

CatMint20906

CatMint20906
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 6, 2013
4:36 AM

Post #9622805

thanks, Yubiker. Yes, it does look a lot like the one in your photo, which you're saying is a sport?

yes, Steadycam, it does look a lot like the Pat Martin. It also reminds me of Velvet Lime.
Yubiker
taipei
Taiwan

August 6, 2013
7:41 PM

Post #9623609

The similar plant in my photo, as I remember, comes from the seeds produced by Careless Love, which is known as a sport breeder. Among the sports, Antique (also known as Cram berry Salad) is most popular to coleus lovers.

CatMint20906

CatMint20906
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2013
12:18 AM

Post #9623720

Thanks Yubiker!

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