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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Gold Giant'

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: Gold Giant

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early 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 softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DebinSC On Jul 4, 2007, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought two of these 3 weeks ago. They were about 4" tall. They're now over a foot high, nice and full and the color is wonderful! They get alot of sun in sandy soil and hold up nicely, fading a bit on the hottest days. They do perk right up with a bit of water though. Obviously, I've only had a few weeks experience with them but have been very happy with them so far!

Positive RobertWM On Sep 26, 2006, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Color rendition in the garden is very tricky so I don't mean to insult people's photography when I say that none of the photos do this plant justice. It varies from lemon chartreuse to gold ocher, with new growth, veins and the undersides of the leaves light maroon. With the afternoon sun shining through it, it is stunning. I've grown it for two years in containers in the patio and it has been faultless, completely perfect. Like all coleus, it likes its water and wilts if allowed to dry completely, but quickly springs back when watered again. It has much less tendency to bloom than most coleus and so doesn't need to be constantly disbudded. One point to note:heed the word "Giant" in it's title. It gets big and full (18" X 18") quickly. Recommended.


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

Tuskegee, Alabama
Clawson, Michigan
Summerville, South Carolina

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