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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'India Frills'

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: India Frills

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DMgardener On Aug 3, 2010, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

This one has frilled, tiny, green and red leaves. The stems are thin and softly curving upwards. About a foot high at maximum. I have read that is it one of the best for topiaries. Does form a bit of a groundcover. Very easy to root in water! One of the best coleuses out there!

Positive GardenGuruLOL On Mar 16, 2010, GardenGuruLOL from Orlando, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Unique, petite, gorgeous little coleus!! The stems are shaped kind of like the arms of candelabra. It is so unique and interesting, that I am still trying to find the "perfect" spot for it! I would love to see how other gardeners are using it!!

I have successfully rooted the "tiny" little stems in water as well as loose, sandy potting soil. Water was not as successful, probably due to the petite size of the cuttings.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jul 30, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of the nicest little coleus I've ever grown. Happy is right. It makes an excellent ground cover; very colorful. It also can stand more drought and sun than other coleus. MN4

Positive Happy_1 On Jun 4, 2005, Happy_1 from Chicago, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Adorable plant...spreads beautifully..almost like a ground cover.


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

Bartow, Florida (2 reports)
Clearwater, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Lafayette, Louisiana
Annapolis, Maryland
Conway, South Carolina
Beaumont, Texas
Houston, Texas

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