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The Coleus coerulescens plant is also known as Blue spur flower or false boldo. The plant has a woody grey stem and bears ovate fleshy succulent leaves which are bluish green in colour and bear finely toothed margins.
The Coleus coerulescens is also known as Blue spur flower of false boldo.
The succulent belongs to the family Lamiaceae, a distinct variety of succulent family.
It is a native of Ethiopia or Eastern Africa.
The Blue spur flower can grow up to a maximum height of 1 foot and spreads to an area of 1 to 2 feet.
Growing the Coleus Coerulescens is easy and inexpensive.
The plant is considered an excellent shade plant and the best leaf colour of the plant can be witnessed in the morning hours and a few degrees before the afternoon.
Average temperature range of 60 degrees Fahrenheit is considered ideal for the growth of the plant.
The Coleus coerulescens grows well in full sun. Therefore the plant should be placed in a well- lighted garden.
However, the plant can also survive if it is grown in a region that receives partial shade.
The Coleus coerulescens has medium water requirements.
The soil should be kept moist by regularly watering it.
Proper Gaps must be maintained between subsequent watering as the plant requires well drained soil for showing maximum growth.
It must be taken care that the soil remains wet but never soggy.
Over watering can prove harmful to the plant and may lead to leaf rot.
The plant grows flowers whose colour varies from red/white, blue/white, pink/white. The plant often blooms during the summer months of April and May.
The plant should be supplied with sufficient amount of general purpose fertilisers regularly.
Application of any organic fertiliser during the growing season can aid the growth of the plant.
Soil with average fertility and properly drained is considered best for the growth of the Coleus coerulescens plant.
The Coleus coerulescens is widely cultivated for its ornamental purposes.
The plant is grown in Borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, open shade gardens, woodland gardens or naturalized areas owing to its ornamental features.
The plant is also considered to be a good selection for a hummingbird garden due to its brightly coloured flowers. It is advisable to continue to water the plants after bloom to enjoy the ground cover effect of the foliage.