|Coloratus as a groundcover, has a sprawling growth habit. Leaves are evergreen, opposite and less than 1 inch long, and are dark green with pronounced silvery veins, turning dark purple in fall and winter. The flowers are not showy, are greenish-white appearing in early summer. The fruits can be quite showy, borne in fall, they are pinkish red capsules that dehisce to expose the bright orange seeds. This plant tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, and high moisture, except swampy, full sun to full shade and pH tolerant. Native to China, introduced in 1907.