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Coleus, Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Chocolate Mint'

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: Chocolate Mint
Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides
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Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bronze-Green

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

San Diego, California

Clearwater, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Mackinaw, Illinois

Medford, Massachusetts

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

North Augusta, South Carolina

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Dec 30, 2008, Robubba from Moulton, IA wrote:

Dangers...
Downy Mildew
Impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV)