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ColorBlaze® Royale Alligator Tears® Coleus

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  • Light Requirement is Full Sun to Full Shade
  • Height 20-30 Inches
  • Width 10-14 Inches
  • Use as a thriller when using in containers
  • Unique green & creamy yellow foliage!

Variety is the spice of life. ColorBlaze Royale Alligator Tears Coleus foliage keeps the garden, fresh and interesting all season long. With its crocodile green leaf margins and creamy yellow teardrop center, this coleus provides non stop colors. It does produce purple flowers, but the main focus is the abundant, bi-colored foliage. On average this coleus reaches 20 to 30 inches in height and exhibits an upright habit.

This coleus is deer resistant as well as heat tolerant. It is naive to the tropical climates of Southeast Asia and is related to the Lamiaceae family (like mint). Alligator Tears Coleus is a thriller when used in container culture. The yellow accentuates and compliments adjacent plants in combination plantings. Used in the landscape, Alligator Tears Coleus looks amazing as a backdrop when mass planted in a woodland edge garden bed.

ColorBlaze Royale Alligator Tears Coleus Care

Coleus thrives in sunny, hot humid conditions. This plant requires a minimum of 4 to 6 plus hours of sun. Soil should stay consistently moist and well-draining. When flowers emerge, pinch off the blooms. Pinching the blooms will help the plant divert energy to continue leaf production. In the active growing phase, add an annual application of compost or fertilizer in garden beds. In containers, fertilize regularly to keep leaf production growing strong.

Alligator Tears Coleus is a herbaceous perennial in zones 10-11, but an annual in zones 8 and below. Frost is detrimental to outdoor plants but there are a few options to overwinter it. If you have ever taken a cutting from mint, just cut a stem and add it to water. Once roots form, pot it up. If that is too much work, then just pot it up and bring it indoors. Check for any pest on and under leaves. Keep the humidity on the higher side and ensure it has adequate lighting. Congratulations! You have successfully overwintered a new houseplant! If all else fails and neither one of these ideas sound worthwhile, then just get a new one when spring rolls around.

ColorBlaze Royale Alligator Tears Coleus Spacing

When it comes to spacing, plant Alligator Tears Coleus 10 to 14 inches apart in either the landscape or container planting.

ColorBlaze® Royale Alligator Tears® Coleus Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 10-11
Flower Color(s): Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s) Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Green and yellow bicolor foliage
Light Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade
Height Class: Medium
Height: 20-30 Inches
Spread: 10-14 Inches
Spacing: 12-16 Inches
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Resists: Deer
Container Role: Thriller
Use Types: Border Plant, Container, Houseplant, Landscape, Mass Planting
Features: Foliage Interest, Deadheading Not Necessary
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Royale Alligator Tears®'
Common Name: ColorBlaze® Royale Alligator Tears® Coleus
Other Name(s):
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Winners

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

2 Reviews - ColorBlaze® Royale Alligator Tears® Coleus Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Christina Milam on Jun 19, 2022

    The plant arrived large and healthy. It is growing happily in it's new pot.

  • 3
    The Disaster of my Plant...

    Posted by Nancy Jafar on May 12, 2022

    The plant you are asking me to review is in pretty bad shape due to FedEx delivering it to the wrong address and taking a week to find it and then delivering it to a 2nd wrong address. I got it exactly 1 week from orig. delivery. So I am having to nurse it and the others back to health and Plant Addicts is replacing 2 of the worst victims. My gripe is with Fed Ex, not Plant Addicts.