A picture of a Brazilian Coleus

Brazilian Coleus

Plectranthus oertendahlii

Also known as

Candle Plant, Prostrate Coleus, Silverleaf Spurflower, Swedish Ivy, Oertendahl's Spurflower, November Lights

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Brazilian Coleus

leaf
Growing in a pot

Brazilian Coleus Overview

Plectranthus oertendahlii has slightly succulent leaves and stems that root as they spread along the forest floor. It forms small, low clumps about 20 cm high. The upper surface of the round, broadly serrated leaves is marked with distinct silver veins, while the underside is a deep red. The color fades in lower light conditions and intensifies in more light areas. The leaves and stems have a slightly rough texture due to the short hairs that grow on them.

Common problems with Brazilian Coleus

Relative problem free

    How to harvest Brazilian Coleus

    Take cuttings in Spring and Autumn.

    How to propagate Brazilian Coleus

    Cuttings

    Take tip cuttings of 5-15cm and root in moist soil.

    Seed

    Sowing time during Spring and Summer. Germination time is about 3 weeks.

    Special features of Brazilian Coleus

    Attracts useful insects

    Indoor plant

    Pot plant

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Brazilian Coleus

    Grown for their foliage and flowers.

    Ornamental