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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Religious Radish'

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: Religious Radish

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Good Fall Color

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Joan On Feb 10, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

2005 - Top Performer -Norfolk Botanical Garden
2004 - Top Picks -Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Positive Joelle On Jul 19, 2006, Joelle from Norfolk, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Fabulous color, very interesting shadings, especially in light shade. So many color combination possibilities, it goes with practically everything! But only in the shade, it doesn't play well with others in full sun.

Positive sugarweed On Jan 11, 2005, sugarweed from Jacksonville & Okeechobee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a really spectacular plant. Got afternoon sun and sagged during the summer, but went bonkers in the fall.


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

Rogers, Arkansas
Bartow, Florida
Drakesville, Iowa
New York City, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Painesville, Ohio
Richmond, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Butte Des Morts, Wisconsin

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