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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Alabama Sunset'

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: Alabama Sunset
Additional cultivar information: (aka Texas Parking Lot, Bellingrath Pink, Shocking Pink)

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus blumei

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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 leaf cuttings
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 hymenocallis On May 16, 2012, hymenocallis from Auburn, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

In Alabama this coleus seems to have yellow bowties coming from the red portion of the plant, absolutely my favorite coleus as it is also slow to flower. Here it's better to grow them in mostly shade as the summer sun is brutal here.

Positive PinetopPlanter On May 11, 2010, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Alabama Sunset' should be one of the top 10 coleus. Lime green and dusky red are a great color combination, and the plant grows beautifully. By the end of summer it's a large shrub, perfectly symmetrical and forgiving of neglect. There are more fantastically colored varieties of coleus, but they can be finicky. 'Alabama Sunset' is not. Give it a large pot, and it will fill it beautifully. It can take a lot of sun, too.

Positive darylmitchell On Sep 17, 2008, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

In 2008, I grew this in a container in partial shade. One little 3" bedding plant grew into a massive mini-shrub of foliage with brilliant colour. It was very easy to grow - all I did was water it and pick off any flower buds. It's a winner in my books!

In 2010 I grew it in a container all alone on a sunny deck. This summer's weather was brutal - the wettest, soggiest summer on record. Yet, Alabama Sunset did not disappoint. Once again I had a big, beautiful bushy plant with great colour and requiring little maintenance. 10 out of 10!

Positive MalvaFan On Oct 18, 2005, MalvaFan from Morrice, MI wrote:

I like the height and color of Alabama Sunset and you could not have an easier plant to make cuttings. It grows way better than most seed-raised Coleus

Positive Scorpioangel On Aug 31, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

This coleus has great color contrast ... the lime green agaist the dusty red is fantastic. Not to mention watching the lime green turn into the dusty red as the leaves age. I have mine in a pot growing under a very large oak tree where it recieves only dappled sunlight all day. Will move this one indoors for the winter!!

Positive julie88 On Jan 14, 2005, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Alabama Sunset (AKA Texas Parking Lot) is a wonderful cultivar. Its color is striking, its growth habit, in my experience, requires very little, if any, pinching to make it grow full. But the best thing about it, for me, is that it's a sturdy variety...easily producing rooted cuttings and overwinters well indoors without much special attention. I have mine under lights, but a good bright window would probably work just as well.


Positive sugarweed On Nov 16, 2004, sugarweed from Jacksonville & Okeechobee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This Plant does well with part sun and has gone bonkers in large mass planting. Leaves are big and plants are 30" high on South side of house. Roots easily and is care free.*****Fantastic Color.
This plant will set seed.
However to keep the foliage bright remove flowers as soon as possible.
The seeds do not come true to the parent plant and can yield muddy results.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jul 29, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This variety is easily grown in central Florida, and is most striking when planted with several together. Goes well with one of the chartreuse varieties.

Positive revclaus On Jul 28, 2004, revclaus from (Judith) Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Coleus is so easy to grow that even a beginner can successfully produce a beautiful plant. I've started these from seed, but they have not been as successful as the ones I've produced from cuttings or purchased at a garden center. They're easy to overwinter in a bright window or under lights.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Irvington, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
Clayton, California
San Jose, California
Vallejo, California
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Bartow, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Roswell, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Des Plaines, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Delmar, Iowa
South Amana, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Laurel, Maryland
Morrice, Michigan
Marlton, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Sunnyside, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Gainesboro, Tennessee
Mc Donald, Tennessee
Garland, Texas
Kilgore, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Snook, Texas
Springdale, Utah
Newport News, Virginia
Belfair, Washington
Muscoda, Wisconsin

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