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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Defiance'

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: Defiance

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus blumei

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

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4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Happy_1 On Jun 4, 2005, Happy_1 from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have noticed that it does not bleach out as much if kept a little more in the shade. Bright colors..

Positive julie88 On Jan 14, 2005, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Grown as an annual in z4b, this plant has been spectacular. Grows quickly, propagates from cuttings rapidly, and so far has wintered over in a cool basement near, but not under, lights. (Under cool-white bulbs this cultivar has turned solid soon as it was removed from the lights and placed out of direct lighting it began returning to its normal color and markings.)

Defiance is one cultivar I hope I'll always have in my garden.

Positive sugarweed On Jan 12, 2005, sugarweed from Jacksonville & Okeechobee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I used Spray-N-Grow on this and it was in a "bank" of coleous that were planted on the east corner of my brick house. It grew to 30" tall and was spectacular right up to frost.

Positive Happenstance On May 22, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

This is one of the Stained Glassworks™ series from the Flower Fields Alliance. Red with chartreuse/yellow margin, compact, mounded habit perfect for color bowls and small pots.


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

Bartow, Florida
Deland, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Spring Hill, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Lombard, Illinois
Derby, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Latonia, Kentucky
Slidell, Louisiana
Mechanicsville, Maryland
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Woodway, Texas
Springdale, Utah
Great Falls, Virginia
Muscoda, Wisconsin

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