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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Giant Exhibition Mixed'

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: Giant Exhibition Mixed

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kamia On Nov 27, 2003, kamia from Athens, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I started this one and (many others)from a packet of Lily Miller seeds in 02/02. I had 45 coleus from that one packet of seeds I ended up giving over half of them away. I've gardened with coleuses for years and I've never seen any this big. I kept about 20 of them for myself. I've got some that are over 3.5 feet high. They have normal sized leaves. Then I have others (like the one in this picture) that are about 2-2.5 feet but have leaves that are 10 inches long and 7 inches across. The plant in this picture is all one plant yet it's foliage grows in 3 different shades along different sections of the plants stalk. I placed time release (osmacote) right under the plants roots when I repot them, added nitrogen to the top of the soil and fed every 2 weeks with water soluble plant food. Anyhow. I like them because all my gardening friends jaws drop when they see them. =)


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

Jones, Alabama
Clinton, Mississippi
Averill Park, New York
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Salt Lake City, Utah

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