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Coleus comosus

Coleus comosus

Plectranthus ornatus 01 by Michael Wolf (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







This plant has a strong fragrance

Coleus comosus Overview

Coleus comosus has succulent, rounded, grey-green foliage, which has an unpleasant smell and grows up to 20-30cm tall with a 1 m spread. It has chubby flower spikes which are purplish-blue in colour that blooms in Autumn but flowering can be sporadic. It can cope with sun or shade but flowers best in full sun, and tolerates extremely poor garden positions. The stems should be cut back fairly hard after flowering. It enjoys being mulched and fed occasionally. Previously known as Plectranthus ornatus, this plant has recently been re-classified as being part of the Coleus genus and their name change was announced by NATAG (RHS Nomenclature and Taxonomy Advisory Group) in the March 2021 edition of The Plant Review.

Common problems with Coleus comosus

Problem free

    Coleus comosus Companion Plants

    Artemisia, rosemary, lavender, Salvia

    How to harvest Coleus comosus

    Not usually harvested.

    How to propagate Coleus comosus


    It easily grows from cuttings taken during the growing season - cut off a 10-15cm piece, remove the leaves from the bottom half and keep moist in a sandy soil mix!


    Sowing seed in Spring.

    Special features of Coleus comosus

    Drought resistant