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Coleus

Solenostemon spp.

Also known as

Flame Nettle, Painted Nettle

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

11a

USDA zone

4°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

10cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Coleus Overview

Solenostemon is a genus of 60 species of evergreen perennials, commonly grown as pot plants for their colourful often variegated foliage. Many plants once known as Coleus have been reclassified and are now included in the genus Solenostemon. Leaves are typically opposite, toothed, and often hairy - with variegated forms having freckled, banded patterns of pink, red, yellow, purple, brown or cream colours. Tiny, tubular, 2-lipped flowers may be borne throughout the year. Cultivated varieties can be grown outside in the summer in a sheltered position, or all year round inside.

Common problems with Coleus

How to propagate Coleus

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Coleus

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Coleus

Popular indoor plants