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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Watermelon'

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: Watermelon

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

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; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cryptofern On Aug 29, 2010, cryptofern from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

...Smaller variety of Coleus,10 to 12 inches, a good size for a windowsill. Very vivid colors, and a well named coleus, as it does remind one of the colors of a ripe watermelon. I have had no insect or disease problems with this plant...


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

Glendale, Arizona
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Arlington, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Bordelonville, Louisiana
Clinton, Mississippi
Felicity, Ohio
Beaumont, Texas
Newport News, Virginia

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