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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Black Giant'

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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: Black Giant

Synonym:Coleus blumei
Synonym:Coleus scutellarioides

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Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Dark/Black

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

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

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By Grits
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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Terry On Mar 16, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

(Recently renamed; may still find some references to coleus as Coleus blumei)

Neutral Grits On Feb 7, 2001, Grits from Pineville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a gorgeous heirloom plant of the Victorian era.
It has soft velvety, neatly serrated burgandy-maroon leaves, 6" long and 3 - 4" wide, held out flat on 12 - 16" plants.

Plant in shaded area after danger of frost is over.

Easily propagated by seed.



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