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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Volcano'

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: Volcano

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral darylmitchell On Aug 3, 2007, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

I grew Volcano coleus in a container on my south-facing patio. I loved the deep red-burgandy colour. However, the leaf edges got a little scorched. One plant was partially shaded by another, and it seemed to perform best. The flowers were insignificant, so I picked them off to direct more of the plant's energy into growing foliage. If I grow this again, I will try it in partial or full shade to prevent it from getting burned or desiccated.

Positive lmelling On Nov 9, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Volcano is a spreading variety of coleus that gets about 14-16" high and about 12" wide. Beautiful mixed with green/mix varieties such as Glennis. The leaves are oval and toothed and are a rich burgundy edged in lime to yellow/green.

I had success overwintering this variety as a plant. Although the plant became leggy and had to be cut back a bit, once the plant was put out on the front porch for the season this year in May, it made an amazing comeback and looked absolutely gorgeous. I took cuttings this year before frosts set in, but unfortuately they didn't take. Will have to purchase a new volcano next year!


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

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Ithaca, New York
Lakewood, Washington

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