Almost black outer with a hot pink/magenta inner.
The name describes the colors, sort of. Admittedly when I named it last fall, the colors were deeper. This summer they became brighter.
Unfortunately we only have one photo of this one, but it is pretty spectacular. It really does have an iridescent quality…orange to brown to magenta to purple. Fringy leaves resemble moose antlers.
Update from 2015: Original post from 2014: Latest picture is with the cardboard box. Very brilliant magenta colors. Looks like it could be related to “Heart Beet.” Maybe it shares a common parent.
Update from 2015: Original Post from 2014: Super awesome neon magenta colors in this one I developed in my Frankenstein Coleus Lab (not really a lab, just forgot to pluck some flower heads and the bees did their job). This is one of the strangest ones. The leaves are sort of curly, with deep serrated…
Update from 2015: Update from 2014: This one started growing from a seedling last year and I named it just a few days ago. Maybe it’s just a Dipt in Wine that’s a little off, or maybe DiW is a parent. It has a strange warty texture, hence, the name.
Do not adjust your monitor. This one really is incredibly vivid! Wow!
Ann’s Hybrid Chocolate Vampire is all grown up now! (above) Original Post from 2014: Update on Chocolate Vampire. The recent picture is the one in the cardboard box. Note how it is less brown and more magenta, especially the center which is very purple. That’s probably just the function of the iPhone camera. The actual…