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Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Fiona'

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Terra Nova Fiona Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Fiona') at Roger's Gardens

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus foliage

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Terra Nova Fiona Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Fiona') at Roger's Gardens

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  9 inches

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Other Names:  Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle

Group/Class:  Terra Nova® Collection

Brand:  Terra Nova

Description:

This low spreading beauty has long, bright red leaves with jagged margins, and a great self-branching habit; perfect for gardens, containers, hanging baskets and mixed borders

Ornamental Features

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus' attractive serrated narrow leaves remain brick red in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. The flowers of this plant may actually detract from its ornamental features, so they can be removed as they appear. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus will grow to be about 9 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Terra Nova® Fiona Coleus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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