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Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Rainbow Series'


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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial


Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Most gardeners still know the familiar flame nettle as Coleus blumei, but this is not the first name-change the plant has experienced. There were once hundreds of cultivars, often with extraordinary markings, but most have been lost to cultivation. New ones are being produced once more, mainly for greenhouse and conservatory use, but there are coleus seed varieties that have always been around for bedding use. The Rainbow Series is one of the brightest and most reliable, with a wide range of colours and brilliant patterns, many of them unique to the series.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Solenostemon

Species: scutellarioides

Cultivar: Rainbow Series

Plant type: Tender perennial

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 40cm

Spread: 40cm

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I have a lovely coleus, but it has a large mauve flower at the top,
do I cut it off or let it grown on ??

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