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Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus*

Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Tidbits Tammy'

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Tidbits Tammy Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Tidbits Tammy') at Patuxent Nursery

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus foliage

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus foliage

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Tidbits Tammy Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Tidbits Tammy') at Patuxent Nursery

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  10 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle

Group/Class:  Tidbits™ Series

Brand:  Terra Nova


This variety features fluffy tufts of tiny crimson leaves that are edged in showy lime green; upright and spreading habit with a trim outline; great for gardens, containers and mixed borders

Ornamental Features

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus' attractive tiny lobed leaves remain crimson in color with distinctive lime green edges and tinges of lemon yellow throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Tidbits™ Tammy Coleus will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

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.

Tidbits™ Tammy 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 larger 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.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features