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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Rustic Orange'

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: Rustic Orange
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sunlover Rustic Orange)

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)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

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

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:
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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Marilynbeth On Aug 10, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

First time growing it and I love it! Beautiful!

Positive hanna1 On May 5, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Richly toned, exotically marked loliage, velvety texture. Tip prune young plants for bushy growth. apply liquid fertilizer regularly. Keep moist in dry weather. Prepare soli b adding soil amendments and comple fertilizer. plant no deeper than the first set of leaves. Once established let soil dry out between watering to prevent rot or diseases. Pick spent flowers and feed regularly. Gorgeous!


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

Irvington, Alabama
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
San Jose, California
Hebron, Kentucky
Denville, New Jersey
Freedom, Pennsylvania
Warwick, Rhode Island
Beaumont, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Manvel, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah

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