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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Kiwi Fern'

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: Kiwi Fern

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive greenthumb8 On Apr 18, 2014, greenthumb8 from Leesburg, FL wrote:

I bought this plant at a local nursery and mixed it up with orange coleus and some salmon geraniums with variegated leaves (in a large pot). What a show stopper. This is a must have plant. I have grown it in Pottstown, PA, but am now living in Leesburg, Florida where I hope it will do just as well. Pinch off the flowers and it will stay bushy and beautiful.

Neutral JenDion On Mar 14, 2014, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Slower growing than other varieties.

Positive plantmover On Oct 8, 2007, plantmover from Hampton Roads, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Terrific grower. Receives about 5 hrs of morning sun and seems to love it. I can't get over how large these coleus grew, over 3' tall and almost as wide! And they weren't bothered a bit by the end-of-summer transplant.

Positive Scorpioangel On Sep 12, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

I found this plant at a local nursery and loved the shape of the leaves. Once home and potted into an outdoor pot, placed under large oak where it had bright dappled shade all day. Seemed to love it there. This coleus was not attacked by leaf-eaters the way 'Alabama Red' and 'Dark Star' was. Will overwinter this one in the house for next year.

Positive darylmitchell On Jul 11, 2005, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

My Kiwi Fern coleus is growing in a container on the north face of my house, where it is shaded all day but gets some reflected sunlight. It has been a slow grower but has maintained its attractive colouration. It bicoloured foliage is an interesting and attractive foil to brightly coloured flowers, such as mimulus or upright fuschia.

Positive Wingnut On Jun 15, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Believe it or not, I found one at HomeDepot. It's doing great in full shade here in Central Texas ~ grown half again as big in two months.

Positive Happenstance On May 22, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

This is one of the Stained Glassworks™ series from the Flower Fields Alliance.


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

Irvington, Alabama
Calistoga, California
Pittsburg, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Bartow, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Olathe, Kansas
Latonia, Kentucky
Slidell, Louisiana
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Southold, New York
Gold Hill, Oregon
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Fort Worth, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Springdale, Utah
Newport News, Virginia
Fircrest, Washington
Kalama, Washington

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