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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Tilt-a-Whirl'

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: Tilt-a-Whirl

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JenDion On Mar 31, 2014, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Gorgeous leaf shape. Color fades out to a beautiful salmon pink when kept on a windowsill overwinter up here in zn 5. I believe it darkens, and develops that 'blackened' look with more direct/strong sun. So, if you like the salmon color, plant it in the shade.

Positive MotherNature4 On May 3, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a very strong plant. I think it might be good for a standard, and I plan to try that. It roots very easily and is striking in appearance.

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:

San Jose, California
Bartow, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Thonotosassa, Florida
Hebron, Kentucky
Yonkers, New York
Rowland, North Carolina
Yukon, Oklahoma
Freedom, Pennsylvania
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Kalama, Washington

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