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Solenostemon Genus

Painted nettle

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General Needs

  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich

Description

Solenostemon genus (Painted nettle). This genus consists of many evergreen species of shrubs and succulent herbs. The leaves are blotched or variegated, ovate and lobed. The flowers are produced in racemes of tiny tubular blooms.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Succulents

Other common names

Coleus, Flame nettle

Origin

Tropical Africa, Asia

Interest and use

Popular indoor plants

Cultivation

Under glass you should grow in loam based compost, with moderate light, Outdoors grow in humus-rich moist well-drained soil. Give them a sheltered position in full sun.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Scale insects, mealy bugs and whitefly can become a problem.

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