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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Alabama'

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: Alabama

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sugarweed On Apr 21, 2008, sugarweed from Jacksonville & Okeechobee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant will set seed.
However to keep the foliage bright remove flowers as soon as possible.
The seeds do not come true to the parent plant and can yield muddy results.

Positive Happy_1 On Oct 9, 2005, Happy_1 from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is retaining the habit of a well behaved mound about 18" high...It is very compact and it is presently both in sun and shade, doing well in each.


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

Pelham, Alabama
Smiths, Alabama
Clayton, California
Bartow, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Mandeville, Louisiana
Lenoir, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2 reports)
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Gainesboro, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
Woodway, Texas
Newport News, Virginia

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