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frog's foot

Solenostemon scutellarioides

Frog’s Foot, Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle

frog's foot

This is a fantastic subject for filling in and covering bare patches of soil in the garden, this ground cover and container plant has attractive little leaves, each shaped like the webbed foot of a frog, hence its name Frog’s Foot. This plant is a member of the Coleus family and the small leaves are prettily variegated in rose pink, yellow and green.

These plants grow in sun or shade, seldom exceed 30cm in height and spread continuously. It makes an ideal border or edging plant for formal plantings along footpaths and flowerbeds and also makes an effective hanging basket subject, filling the container to perfection.

Any signs of flower buds should be removed before they develop, to prevent the plant from wasting food and energy; the lush foliage is the crowing glory of the plant, and flowers only serve to stunt the leaf growth. ‘Frog’s Foot’ is only suitable for frost-free gardens