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Coleus, Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle 'Kingswood Torch'

Solenostemon scutellarioides

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: Kingswood Torch
Additional cultivar information:(ColorBlaze™ series)
Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides
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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)


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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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


Brookfield, Connecticut

East Canaan, Connecticut

Jacksonville, Florida

Hebron, Kentucky

Springfield, Kentucky

Alexandria, Louisiana

Denville, New Jersey

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Salt Lake City, Utah

Norfolk, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 25, 2010, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

I grew it in a partial shade container in the summer of 2010. The weather conditions were wet and soggy all summer long, which might explain why it took a while to start growing. Nevertheless, it gradually emerged with large, burgundy leaves with red streaks. It was very attractive and easy to take care of.


On Aug 5, 2007, Marilynbeth wrote:

I love this one! Look great in full day sun and also with morning sun, afternoon shade, although the one getting afternoon shade looks 'richer' and retains a deeper color, but still looks beautiful. I posted a second photo showing the latter.


On Feb 8, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

2006 - Top Performers - Cedar Rapids Parks Department
2005 - Top Performer - University of Illinois-Champaign County Master Gardeners
2004 - Top Picks - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden


On Jul 19, 2006, Joelle from Norfolk, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great colors and large leaves. The leaves do seem to be a bit more tender than most though, and the bugs love them, lots of maintenance to keep leaves looking fresh! We used them in a mass planting this season (Summer '06) they flower early and continually so plan on lots of pinching if you want to keep the plants bushy. Did well in both full sun and light shade, not a lot of color variation between the different light situations. They look fantastic with Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer'!


On Jul 29, 2004, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

New variety this year,large Hand sized leaves,jet black and red,sometimes an orange tint.
New from Proven Winners "sun" series.