Coleus, Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle 'Dipt in Wine'

Coleus scutellarioides

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coleus (KO-lee-us) (Info)
Species: scutellarioides (skew-tell-ar-ee-OH-ih-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Dipt in Wine
Additional cultivar information:(ColorBlaze™ series)
Synonym:Solenostemon scutellarioides



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:




12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

San Jose, California

Bartow, Florida

Boynton Beach, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida(2 reports)

Ocala, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Norwalk, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Pearl River, Louisiana

Ellicott City, Maryland

Omaha, Nebraska

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Columbia, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Paris, Texas

Port Lavaca, Texas

Newport News, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 16, 2017, Anacrusis from Norwalk, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This and coleus 'Henna' were the first two coleus I've owned. I bought them from Home Depot in 2013. A vacation and curious cat killed 'Henna' but I still have 'Dipt in Wine' with me today [September 2017].

In Iowa they it is not winter hardy so I take cuttings and root them in little pots in the window where they do well over the colder months. They lose a bit of color in less light but Dipt in Wine's deep burgundy leaves and chipper chartreuse center is a nice look in all seasons and positively glows once it's planted back outside again come spring.

This cultivar has since inspired me to collect more varieties of this colorful, versatile plant.


On Jun 17, 2009, Florida9 from Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is the most sun tolerant coleus I have. It doesn't even wilt in the afternoon here on 90+ degree days in full sun! Easy to propogate cuttings, and absolutely beautiful. Who could ask for more! (Well, me. I found large plants at WalMart for $2.88)


On Feb 8, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Dipt in Wine is aptly named with the dark red leaves that almost glow.

2005 - Top Performer - Norfolk Botanical Garden
2005 - Top Performer - University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
2004 - Top Picks - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden


On Jul 27, 2006, sugarweed from Taylor Creek, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Found locally for a mere $6. this has been a real show-off in my garden this year.
It's very hardy and roots very easily in fresh potting soil.