This plant looks a lot like one I had obtained in Mexican 1974 and lost in
NY in 1980. I've been hunting for it ever since and finally located it at the
This plant is tiny. With the kind help the operator of Color
Farm (the premier grower & hybridizer of coleus), the plant has been
ID'd as Kiwi Fern from the Royal Horticultural Society collection. It's
has been very slow growing. Nevertheless, it's one of the finest.
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When grown in less light, it actually becomes more spectacular with less burgundy &
more green and hence more contrast. Initially, the leaves were 50-50.
I'm going to wait before passing judgment on this one. I get the feeling that there
will be more color variation in the leaves as it matures. The catalog showed the
yellow to be larger and stronger. Currently, it looks like a yawner available at
Home Depot for a pittance.
I originally believed these were different coleus plants.
What I found was that as the plant grew in more light, the green
diminished and the burgundy-brown increased. With the help of the
operator of Color Farm, the premier coleus hybridizer & distributor,
this was identified as Saturn.
It may not look like much on this web page but when grown into a large plant and in
masses, it becomes spectacular and is one of my favorite.
I can't believe I paid $3 or so for this plant. Now that it's growing up it looks
like one of the ones available in cell packs for $1.95 per 4. On the
other hand, it didn't flower much so it's obviously not one of the short
lived "annual" varieties.
The web just doesn't do the vibrance of the colors justice.
I still have great hopes that the yellow will fade and that the background will look more
like a pale yellow or ivory than the bright yellow that it now is. That's what the
mature leaves looked like when I first got it. Perhaps it's a light issue.
What's most impressive about this plant is the variation in leaf color
from stem to stem. Notice that in this image some leaves have become predominantly
red whereas others remained predominantly green.
One of my favorites. The web page just doesn't do it justice. The colors are