Coleus is part of the Solenostemon genus. Its scientific name is Solenostemon scutellarioides.
Many cultivars of the southeast Asian species Solenostemon scutellarioides have been selected for their colorful variegated leaves, typically with sharp contrast between the colors; the leaves may be green, pink, yellow, black (a very dark purple), maroon, and red (somewhat resembling the unrelated caladium). New cultivars with varieties of colors are constantly being made. typically grow 0.5-1 m tall, though some may grow as tall as 2 meters. Coleus are typically grown as ornamental plants.
This plant is toxic to pets. 1Coleus grows as an annual and is a non-edible ornamental / houseplant. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Coleus is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.24 feet (that's 38.0 cm in metric) with a spreading habit. Try planting Coleus if you'd like to attract bees to your garden. Consider Rainbow Mix, Black Dragon, Wizard Mix, Chocolate Mint, and New Brilliant Mix to grow as they are very popular with home gardeners.
France is believed to be where Coleus originates from.
Coleus is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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The plants grow well in moist well-drained soil. They are heat-tolerant, though they do less well in full sun in subtropical areas than in the shade. In mild areas (no snow in winter), plants can usually be kept as perennials if well managed. Whereas cultivation in colder areas, they are often grown as annuals as they are not hardy and become leggy and unattractive with age. Though this is usually resolved by pinching back growing tips to encourage bushing. In bright hot areas, the colors of the plant will typically be more intense in shaded areas than in full sun, and the plants will require less water there. Coleus also make low-maintenance houseplants, and can often be propagated by clipping a length of stem just below the leaves and putting the stem in water to root. The plant’s flowers grow on a stem above that stem’s leaves, and tend to be purple and quite small in comparison to the leaves. The plant is not generally grown for its flowers, as it promotes stem elongation (remove to halt this).Plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / dappled sun and remember to water often. Zone 10 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Coleus is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors.
There are two ways to propagate Coleus. Seeds are inexpensive and easily obtainable. To germinate, simply sprinkle seeds on the surface soil and press down. Seeds need light to germinate, so avoid covering the seeds. To keep seeds moist, grow in a container and cover with plastic, or mist seeds daily (if starting seeds directly in the garden). Sprouts can show color in as little as two weeks. Alternatively, cuttings can be taken. Cuttings root readily in plain water, without the addition of rooting hormone (although it is still beneficial).Ensure a distance of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.0 inches (0.01 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 65°C / 149°F to ensure good germination.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Coleus about 56 days before your last frost date .
Before transfer to garden, accustom to conditions by moving to a sheltered place outside for a week.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Coleus so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Coleus so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Coleus plants:
Solenostemon is a genus of perennial plants, native to tropical Africa, Asia, Australia, the East Indies, the Malay Archipelago, and the Philippines. They are commonly known as Coleus, a name which derives from an earlier classification under the genus name Coleus, species of which are currently included in either Solenostemon or another genus, Plectranthus.
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Flame nettle, Painted nettle, Henna coleus, Superfine rainbow salmon lace
Coleus blumei, C. blumei var. verschaffeltii, Plectranthus scutellarioides, Ocimum scutellarioides, Solenostemon hybrida
Misspellings: Coleous, Solenostemon scutellaroides
14 Apr 2013
plants all finished for 2012
02 Mar 2013
My coleous are overwintering still in my green house. In about two weeks they will be taken outdoors.
02 May 2012
Well, I don’t know if it was the bargain seeds or something else but I literal had 0% germination. Now I am out .30 cents.
12 Mar 2012
Some of my coleous plants were transplanted to the front but their colors are not as bright as when planted in partial shade. Most of the rest will be transplanted under the trees in the back garden. They want to go to seed so I guess I will let some of
21 Oct 2011
I loved how the coleus grew this year in the north facing pot garden, lots of colourful leaves all season. It was watered about twice a week. The plant has now finished with the cold weather and the pots have been put away for the winter. Looking forwa
Coleus care instructions
How long does Coleus take to grow?
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