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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Inky Fingers'

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: Inky Fingers

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

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
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:

Positive williamca On May 6, 2012, williamca from Plant City, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Inky Fingers is my all-time favorite Coleus. It has wintered over several years in my Florida garden, is slow to tassel, and mounds or spreads to make a very attractive garden filler or companion in a container. It rates 10 in my garden.


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

Fountain Valley, California
Lake Forest, California
Palo Alto, California
Bartow, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Loganville, Georgia
Mableton, Georgia
Latonia, Kentucky
Annapolis, Maryland
Lincoln, Nebraska
Marlton, New Jersey
Granville, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Lugoff, South Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Woodway, Texas

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