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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Saturn'

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: Saturn

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

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

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
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
From softwood 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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cryptofern On Aug 29, 2010, cryptofern from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

...Absolutely spectacular in a Down Under terracotta pot. I have had many comments from the neighbors on seeing it grown in this type of container. The plant grew up the sides and framed the pot perfectly, the plants dark burgundy and green foliage complemented the container perfectly. An ideal way to grow a single specimen plant. Keep watered and remove the flower spikes, which are small and insignificant anyway. Since it is off the ground, there are no insect problems...

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

2005 - Top Performer -University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
2004 - Annuals of Note -Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Positive BUFFY690 On Apr 12, 2006, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Saw this plant 2005 at the Sutheastern Greenhouse Conference in Greenville, SC...The containers it was used in were awesome. Couldn't wait for the oppurtunity to grow it this year. Mine was planted last week, at approximately 6 inches tall it has almost doubled in size, in the spring weather here in SC. I can't wait to see.

Positive ArkRobert On Jun 14, 2005, ArkRobert from Russellville, AR wrote:

Grew Saturn for the first time this year - with great success! It was in full HOT sun, right by a swimming pool. Grew more than 2 feet tall, and wonderful, interesting foliage.


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

Russellville, Arkansas
Calistoga, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Bartow, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Valdosta, Georgia
Crofton, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Southold, New York
Painesville, Ohio
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
Springdale, Utah

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