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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Freckles'

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: Freckles

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
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
Blooms repeatedly

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 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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Joan On Feb 8, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

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Positive se_eds On Jul 25, 2005, se_eds from Millersburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Freckles is simular to "Splash". Splash is lime green with maroon freckles where as Freckles is a Golden yellow with maroon freckles.

Given that both plants are in full sun.

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

This is an upright grower.


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

Clayton, California
Lake Forest, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hebron, Kentucky
Yonkers, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Richmond, Texas
Woodway, Texas
Springdale, Utah

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