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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Black Magic'

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: Black Magic

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)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

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

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
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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive digigirl On Jun 22, 2007, digigirl from Sugar Land, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a beautiful plant, but it is definitely a slower grower than some of the other cultivars. Needs a place of its own where it's not hidden by bigger plants.

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

I tried this variety in 2004 as a potted plant on my front porch (northern exposure). Colors were not very dramatic, although pictures of 'Black Magic' look absolutely gorgeous - ruffled leaves of royal purple edged with lime green. Fairly small and becomes inconspicuous when grown with other larger coleus. If I were to try it again I would give it more sunlight and perhaps grow several together with maybe only 1 other contrasting coleus.


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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Ithaca, New York
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Fort Worth, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas

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