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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Kong Scarlet'

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: Kong Scarlet
Additional cultivar information: (Kong™ Series)

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

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:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative bamboochick On Oct 18, 2006, bamboochick from Springfield, MO wrote:

I bought this plant at Walmart for $1... I should have known, I think I bought a diseased plant, or I am doing something wrong, my leaves keep falling off and my plant is covered in little white things that look like mold, or some type of parasite.... I would not suggest buying a plant for a dollar

Positive rubygloomrox On May 1, 2006, rubygloomrox from Red Wing, MN wrote:

I love this plant! It is a must have on my list of annuals each year. It just brings so much color to the shady spots! It looks great in containers by itself or with other plants, too. It also seems to grow very fast.
Definitely my favorite variety of coleus.

Positive sugarweed On Jan 12, 2005, sugarweed from Jacksonville & Okeechobee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

WOW, what a performer! This plant was about 3' tall and will root from cuttings quickly. I pinched off buds everytime I passed it all during the fall. It sags during heat, but actually flourishes in shade or sun when the heat cuts back.

Positive jmorth On Nov 1, 2004, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Look good massed together; can surpass 2' height,

Positive Happenstance On Jul 20, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

These coleus boast extremely large leaves, generally the size of your hand. Five unique color patterns include Kong Mosaic a Fantastic Foliage(TM) variety.

Well-branched plants grow 18 to 22 in. (45 to 55 cm) tall in the garden. Keeps a controlled look in combo plantings. Great for large containers & shady mass plantings. Performs best & shows the most intense color in full shade.

Makes a good indoor house plant in bright artificial light conditions.


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

Brea, California
Clayton, California
Bartow, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Springfield, Missouri
Bucyrus, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Springdale, Utah

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