Non-Flowering Annuals

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ELEPHANT EARS  
(Colocasia)

Large, tropical looking leaves of many sizes,shapes and colors from tubers. Many shaped like elephant ears.
Not hardy below 50 degrees F.
Height to 7'. 
Likes compost rich, moist, soil. 
Good for containers.




 
COLEUS 
(Coleus)

Large variety of leaf sizes, colors, and shapes. Many colors on the same leaf.
Height 6" to 36" and some trailing.
Moist soil in the shade or sun for most varieties. Can be grown in the garden or container. Also can be overwintered on a sunny windowsill.         


 
SILVER SAGE
(Salvia)

Large rosette of fuzzy, silver-grey leaves the first season. Second season may send up 24" to 36" stems with white pink tinged hooded flowers.
Rich, VERY well drained soil especially in winter.   
Sunny border or containers.




 
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POLKA DOT PLANT
(Hypoestes)



Boldly patterned leaves in combinations of red and green, pink and green, or white and green.
Height 5" to 12".
Well drained soil.
Prefers bright light but not full sun. Can be used as a house plant or in a dish garden. Likes humidity. Sensitive to chemicals.




 
SWEET POTATO VINE        
(Ipomoea)


Colorful foliage in purple, chartreuse, or variegated green, pink and white. Many varieties and leaf shapes. Vine can trail to 36". Good for groundcover, containers, and houseplants. Drought tolerant
Can produce an edible but not very palatable, sweet potato tuber.
Sun to shade.
COPPER LEAF   
(Acalpha)            



Leaves splotched and variegated copper, bronze, and green.
Height 24" to 36".
Evenly moist soil.
Full sun brings out the best color. 
Male and female flowers separate on the same plant.              
Good for pots or massed as a groundcover.
 
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BEEFSTEAK PLANT
(Perilla)



Coleus like leaf with red to purple tints.  Moist to well drained soil. An herb in the mint family. Claims to repel ticks if rubbed on skin and clothes. In Japan used as  an herb and spice. In China, to stimulate the immune system  and fried as food.
Height to 36".
Best in full sun.             
CORDYLINE 
(Cordyline)    



Leaves glossy green to red purple to a combination of reds, purples, whites or yellows. Can produce red or yellow flowers which smell sweet. Smaller varieties make good houseplants. Polynesians used the roots as a starchy food source.                         
CALADIUM
(Caladium)



Heart shaped fancy colored leaves in many patterns of color. Veins usually prominent.  Height 12" to 24". Damp soil but not soggy.
Likes shade but newer varieties tolerate sun.  
98% of tubers come from Florida.
Can bring indoors as a houseplant.