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Solenostemon scutellarioides

 
Solenostemon scutellarioides
'Palisandra'

Synonym(s) Coleus blumei
Common name coleus
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle tender perennial
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 2'
Light part shade
Cultural notes fertile soil (not too dry)
From seed germinate at room temperature, or slightly above, with exposure to light
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Through the years, we've grown quite a number of coleus varieties – all of them distinguished by colorful leaves that add drama or a flash of light to shady places in the garden. Several seasons, we grew the marvellous 'Palisandra', which has wonderful dark-purple large velvety leaves. Another seed-grown variety came from a 'Rainbow Mix' packet. And the most recent addition is 'Sedona' from the ColorBlaze series, which showed itself off nicely in a hypertufa container on our patio, growing in at least half-day sun.

coleus
Grown from 'Rainbow mix'
Solenostemon scutellarioides
ColorBlaze 'Sedona'

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area:

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from Park '02. Gel-cup under light 70F (100%G, starting 4d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (100%G, 4d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (33%G, 6-9d)
  4. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F with light (80%G, 5-11d)
  5. Seed for 'Rainbow mix' from PT'07. Baggy 75F with light (89%G, 6-8d)

Not sure if this comes true from open-pollinated seeds. Young plants are very frost-tender - don't put out until all danger of frost is over.


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