A tropical SE Asian plant of the mint family with brightly coloured variegated leaves, popular as a houseplant.
- Genus Solenostemon (formerly Coleus), family Labiatae.
- Late-spring-to-frost annuals include the numerous sun coleuses, cleomes, periwinkles and zinnias.
- I've had great success with basil, begonias, coleus, impatients, tomatoes, and tomatillos.
- In summer months, bright annuals such as impatiens, begonia, and coleus make attractive companion plants.
Modern Latin, from Greek koleos 'sheath' (because of the way the stamens are joined together, resembling a sheath).
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