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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Gay's Delight'

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: Gay's Delight

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
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
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cjanegrow On Mar 7, 2015, cjanegrow from Mooresboro, NC wrote:

Does Gay's Delight have green or purple stems?

Neutral Joan On Feb 3, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

2006 - Top Performer -Cedar Rapids Parks Department
2005 - Top Performer -Norfolk Botanical Garden
2005 - Top Performer -Univ. of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners

Positive BUFFY690 On Apr 12, 2006, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Have used this extra bright chartreuse in many of my containers this year. I will add some pics when my camera makes an apperance. Great contrasting color, goes great with a wide variety of plants.


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

Calistoga, California
Lake Forest, California
Pleasanton, California
San Jose, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Denville, New Jersey
Southold, New York
Salt Lake City, Utah
Kalama, Washington

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