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Coleus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Plectranthus scutellarioides syn. Solenostemon scutellarioides, Coleus scutellarioides, Coleus blumei

 

Coleus

Coleus, or the painted nettle, is an annual or short lived perennial (in warmer climates) and is grown mostly for the colourful foliage it produces. It has nettle-like leaves with serrated edges, and they come in a range of colours and leaf shapes; reds, purples, greens, yellows. Taller varieties can be used in borders, and shorter varieties can be grown in pots. It has undergone several Latin name changes over the years, and is currently part of the Lamiaceae family as Plectranthus scutellarioides. In the past, it was known as Solenostemon scutellarioides, Coleus scutellarioides or even Coleus blumei, and is often still referred to these names in books, online and in plant nurseries. This plant in the wild is native to Tropical and Subtropical Asia and northern Australia. It grows around 60cm tall. It does produce flowers although these are deemed to be insignificant when making comparisons to the foliage and other plants. In the wild it would form a woody everygreen plant, but in cultivation it is usually grown as an annual, from either cuttings or from seed, or as a short-lived perennial under winter protection. It is not hardy in many countries and will not survive frost. There are hundreds of different cultivars available.

 
plant Features
  • Coleus likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Coleus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Coleus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Coleus likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Coleus

Latin name

Plectranthus scutellarioides syn. Solenostemon scutellarioides, Coleus scutellarioides, Coleus blumei

type

Annual or short-lived perennial

family

Lamiaceae

ph

5.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Coleus likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Coleus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Coleus likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Coleus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Coleus is 0.60meters x 0.60meters 0.60 M 0.60 M

Plectranthus scutellarioides syn. Solenostemon scutellarioides, Coleus scutellarioides, Coleus blumei

Coleus, or the painted nettle, is an annual or short lived perennial (in warmer climates) and is grown mostly for the colourful foliage it produces. It has nettle-like leaves with serrated edges, and they come in a range of colours and leaf shapes; reds, purples, greens, yellows. Taller varieties can be used in borders, and shorter varieties can be grown in pots. It has undergone several Latin name changes over the years, and is currently part of the Lamiaceae family as Plectranthus scutellarioides. In the past, it was known as Solenostemon scutellarioides, Coleus scutellarioides or even Coleus blumei, and is often still referred to these names in books, online and in plant nurseries. This plant in the wild is native to Tropical and Subtropical Asia and northern Australia. It grows around 60cm tall. It does produce flowers although these are deemed to be insignificant when making comparisons to the foliage and other plants. In the wild it would form a woody everygreen plant, but in cultivation it is usually grown as an annual, from either cuttings or from seed, or as a short-lived perennial under winter protection. It is not hardy in many countries and will not survive frost. There are hundreds of different cultivars available.


Flowering

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Coleus will produce somewhat insignificant tubular flowers on flower-spikes if these are not removed. (Remove the flower-spikes as they appear to promote leaf growth.)

 

Planting out

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Plant out after all risk of frost.

 

Propagating by seed

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Sow seeds in compost and cover with glass or film until seedlings appear

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Can be propagated easily by softwood cuttings at any time of the year

 
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