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Solenostemon scutellarioides

Painted nettle

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Features

  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite-blue
  • Leaf ColourCream green

Description

Solenostemon scutellarioides (Painted nettle). This species is a finely haired evergreen perennial nettle, grown for its foliage. It has four angled stems with narrowly ovate toothed leaves. Tiny blue or white flowers are borne in terminal racemes, blooming all-year-round.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Succulent

Other common names

Coleus

Origin

Tropical Africa, Asia

Interest and use

Popular indoor plants

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Needs

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

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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