10 Plants With Maroon Leaves (See This…)

Plants get their color from the way carotenoids within their cell bodies to interact with sunlight, as we all know.

Leaves of plants come in different shapes, colors and sizes. 

Just like they say Roses are Red and Violets are Blue! We also have maroon-colored plants. Maroon is more often described as a brownish-red hue.

It is a color gotten by mixing brown with red. Although it is often mixed mixed up with burgundy, they are too different colors. 

1. Atlas Coleus 

Plants With Maroon Leaves

Common Coleus, any of numerous decorative plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae) valued for their vivid colors and patterns on their leaves. 

The plants were previously classified as belonging to the genus Coleus, but their taxonomy is debatable, and molecular evidence suggests that the species are spread across multiple genera.

Java’s common coleus, (Plectranthus scutellarioides), is a well-known home and garden plant that can grow up to three feet tall.

They have square stems and little blue, two-lipped blooms that are borne in spikes. 

The leaves are frequently variegated with vibrant color patterns ranging from crimson, magenta, and green to various hues.

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Other colors have been developed by scientists over the years as well.

2. Black Truffle Cardinal Flower

The deep purple-black leaves and vivid red blossoms of this tempting native Cardinal Flower will add elegance to your landscape.

The flower stalks are dramatic and genuinely crimson, rising from glossy black rosettes of foliage.

Iridescent maroon foliage appears later in the season as temperatures rise.

In addition to its dark chocolate to maroon foliage, Black Truffle Lobelia has tall dark spikes of rich genuine red tubular blooms in June, which are a hummingbird’s pleasure.  

Black Truffle Cardinal Flower is a hybrid selection with Lobelia cardinalis parentage, which is regarded as the most attractive of North America’s red-flowered species by some.

For full sun conditions and the darkest foliage colors, provide regularly moist to wet settings, such as a bog garden.

Here is an article I wrote on plants with long stems

3. Brazilian Red Hots Altanathera

Brazilian Red HotsTM Alternanthera is a plant that commands attention with its vivid eye-catching foliage; it enjoys humidity and tolerates heat. 

Shades range from near maroon, crimson to fuchsia, hot pink, and cream under the shroud of vividly colored foliage.

Its’ colors are more vibrant in direct sunshine and more subdued in shade. Brazilian Red Hots Alternanthera do great as combination pots, and specimen plants.  

Where summers are quite hot, it prefers midday and afternoon shade until planted around mid-spring, and it will have the deepest hue where it receives a lot of direct sunlight.

4. Carolina Midnight Loropetalum

The color of the  Carolina Midnight Loropetalum is unquestionably one of the darkest we’ve encountered.

In the spring, the dark burgundy to maroon leaves contrasts with the near red frilly blooms.  

New growths are often a light reddish crimson color.

It is a very indestructible evergreen that may be pruned to make a huge rounded shrub or let to grow naturally.

It’s a terrific new introduction that’s well-rooted and attractively branched, and it’ll give some purple punch to your landscape. 

This plant requires water to establish before becoming drought resilient. To shape and maintain optimum size, prune after spring flowering. Fertilize before blossoming in early spring.

5. Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia

Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia grows throughout the season.

Clusters of deep red-orange, 2-3″ long tubular flowers are produced, attracting hummingbirds, bees, and even the occasional butterfly. 

This plant is an heirloom variety that has long been a favorite for its flower power, reliability, upright habit, and a shroud of deep green and maroon-tinged foliage that functions as a wonderful foil for the summer to fall display of red-orange flowers. 

It’s ideal as a specimen plant for a partially shaded porch or patio.

Provide a healthy, fertile, well-drained, medium-moisture soil, and never let the plants become soggy wet. 

Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia may be overwintered in a chilly but not freezing greenhouse or sunroom as a container plant.

6. Copper Plant

Because of its kaleidoscope of rich pigmentation in burgundy, maroon, deep red, mauve, pink, orange, yellow, cream, coppery rust, and green, the copper leaf plant is an autumn standout.

In late summer, fall, and winter, the arrowhead-shaped leaf lights often deepen to near purple.

The Copper Plant has a natural round shape on a dense well-branched plant that grows to about 3ft tall and 3ft wide.

As a result, it is an excellent tropical plant for a moderate, heat, and sun-loving, low-maintenance garden.

It can also be used as an annual in the landscape from summer to winter. 

In sunny areas, the foliage is dark in copper, red, and orange shades, whereas in shadier areas, the foliage is lighter in colors such as green.

For maximum vitality, provide a well-drained, healthy soil with average moisture.

Also check out this article I wrote on plants with flowers and fruits

7. Dark Mystery Hardy Hibiscus

This shrubby perennial is adorned with massive flowers reminiscent of the tropics.

These huge, light blush pink blossoms with a dark red eye zone, lie on magnificent dark maroon foliage. 

Even when not in bloom, this plant is a color explosion, and its foliage is produced throughout summer.

Dark Mysteries Hardy Hibiscus is a robust and dependable perpetual Hibiscus with a fine branching habit. 

It will stand out in practically any garden or landscape. 

Dark Mystery is an ambiguous plant that blooms from top to bottom, making a stunning display in the garden and environment.

In damp to average damp to wet, generally fertile soils, provide a full to mainly sunny setting for this plant.

8. ‘Husker-Red’ Foxglove Beardtongue

This strong perennial’s dark purple to maroon-burgundy foliage practically black foliage is capped by clusters of juxtaposing purple to lilac blooms.

Native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are drawn to its blossoms. 

Beardtongue is a hybrid of native plants with vividly colored foliage that contrasts beautifully with adjacent perennials.

It can be utilized in the garden and landscape, as well as in pots as a specimen. 

For the darkest foliage colors, provide a full sunny site, and a well-drained, moderately moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering.

Beardtongue is an excellent choice not just for the color of its leaf, but also for its blossom power.

9. Chinese Witch Hazel

This strong perennial’s dark purple to maroon-burgundy foliage practically black foliage is capped by clusters of juxtaposing purple to lilac blooms.

Native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are drawn to its blossoms. 

Chinese Witch Hazel is a hybrid of native plants with vividly colored foliage that contrasts beautifully with adjacent perennials.

It can be utilized in the garden and landscape, as well as in pots as a specimen. 

For the darkest foliage colors, provide a fully sunny site, and a well-drained, moderately moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering.

Beardtongue is an excellent choice not just for the color of its leaf, but also for its blossom power.

10. Australian Waxflower

Waxflowers are thorny perennial shrubs that grow to a height of 0.5–3.0 meters.

The leaves are small to medium in size and have oil glands that provide a pleasant perfume when crushed. 

The waxflower is distinguished by its dense clusters of tiny flowers. The waxy feel of the petals gives rise to the plant’s name.

The flowers are 9-26mm in diameter and range in color from white to mauve to burgundy.

Waxflower has been used as a cut flower since the 1940s, and by the 2010s, it was Australia’s major commercial native cut flower and the leading export cut flower in terms of volume, ranking in the top 20 flowers exported in Europe. 

Because of their toughness and durability, waxflowers are one of the most commonly used cut flowers; the pretty standard vase life is 18-20 days.

The stems are very adaptable in floral arrangements, and newer cultivars are used as flowers on their own.

Conclusion

This list of plants definitely adds a burst of color to any garden or landscape.

From the copper plant to the Chinese witch hazel, you can make a pick of these plants for beautifying your environment. 

Maroon colored plants are definitely beautiful as this list as highlighted and we hope you get to explore some and have fun while doing it.

Written by Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books

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