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Coleus, Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'El Brighto'

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: El Brighto
Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides
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Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Chartreuse/Yellow

Burgundy

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:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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:

Orange, California

San Diego, California

Southold, New York

Yonkers, New York

Meshoppen, Pennsylvania

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 11, 2010, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This variety has one of the most striking, beautifully patterned and colored coleus leaf, but it is VERY difficult to root cuttings. Out of at least 10 varieties I rooted, this was the only one that wouldn't, and I tried several times. It just would not throw a root in water.

Positive

On May 21, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

This is an upright grower.