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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Dark Heart'

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: Dark Heart
Additional cultivar information: (aka Trailing Dark Heart)

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

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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By mystic
Thumbnail #1 of Solenostemon scutellarioides by mystic


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive suncatcheracres On Aug 22, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

A beautiful and easy to grow plant. I grew it in big pots in an Atlanta suburb, with lots of water and fertilizer, and it woould grow to about four feet. I'm going to try to grow it here in the ground in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b. It looks good with a chartreuse sweet potato ground cover or light green and yellow marked other coleus.

Positive xyris On Aug 21, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This seems to be the variety of coleus (based on the picture posted by Mystic) that is almost completely naturalized in my moist, partly shady, garden in Sebring, Florida. It was growing six feet tall when I bought the house three years ago, and I have been propagating it and now have it as a reliably perennial tall ground cover under most of my Citrus trees and other places. It gets singed during winter frosts, but soon resprouts from the lower stems. It can grow about six inches in length per week.


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

Bartow, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Jacksonville, Illinois

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