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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Palisandra'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solenostemon (sol-en-oh-STEM-on) (Info)
Species: scutellarioides (skew-tell-ar-ee-OH-ih-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Palisandra

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral merlotsanity On Jul 17, 2008, merlotsanity from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

My Coleus is going crazy right now! It has loads of blooms and has taken over my other plants and not allowing any sun to get to them. Any ideas on how to fix this w/o hurting it?

Positive bluespiral On Jan 6, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This coleus has self-sown over winters when I let it go to seed in the garden, and I would not ever want to be without either it or its offspring. Granted, there are variations among the seedlings that are not identical to the parent, but they all have that inky, black-purple, matt-like color that absorbs light in such wonderful contrast to light-reflecting petals of neighboring apricot or lemon or cream flowers. They hold these qualities until frost, unlike perilla, which goes greenish at the end of the summer. Variations consist of subtle shadings of burgundy to greater or less degree, never overwhelming the inkiness, and different ripplings along the leaf edges.

Because it has self-sown over a few winters here, and because some of its relatives have been successfully wintersown, I think this one would also be a good candidate for wintersowing and plan to try it this winter on some of the seed I saved this past summer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Corbin, Kentucky
Ellicott City, Maryland
Sumter, South Carolina
Lakewood, Washington

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