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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'The Flume'

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: The Flume

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.

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 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
White/Near White

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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On Apr 12, 2006, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great plant I used it in beds and in containers under taller growing coleus varieties with similar colors. They are growing together fabulously. These plants always do well for me when watered from underneath, I also sit my pots on a small plate of pebbles in water to add more humidity. Fertilized with osmocote, water soluble, and added SuperThrive to the mix this year...hoping for beautiful things. I have grown these in the past and performance is outstanding.

Positive sugarweed On Apr 26, 2005, sugarweed from Jacksonville & Okeechobee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a sun friendlly "Proven Winner" coleus with saber-like leaves. It has many colors in its leaves and is supposed to get up to 2' tall. I felt very lucky to find this one at Bob's flowers in Tifton, Ga. She's already in the ground.
July 29, 2006
Well after I wrote that last year, the plant just went dark and didn't really even grow. I wasn't going to re-purchase.
This year I found a beautiful 1 gallon plant that I put in dappled shade. It's now about 3 times that size and as bright as can be. I really love this plant.


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

Clayton, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Bartow, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Albion, Pennsylvania
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas

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