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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Atlas'

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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: Atlas

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender
Inconspicuous/none

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

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Variegated
Chartreuse/Yellow
Dark/Black

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
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
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after 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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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive lmelling On Jan 22, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Described as "tall and stocky;" medium-large coleus; leaves are scalloped, deep rich purple with lime-green center around the base and a very fine edge of bright green. I grew 'Atlas' along with many other coleus in 2004. Atlas performed well, growing to a nice 15"-18" height, however, I was not as pleased with the color - but this was perhaps due to the weather as it was often cloudy and very rainy and cool all summer. The rich purple that was to develop on the leaves did not appear - rather they were a lime green with a "muddy" look where the purple should have been. I will give this variety another chance and hope we have a sunnier summer in 2005!

Regional...

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

Ithaca, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



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