Scientific Name: Plectranthus scutellarioides
Coleus plants are one of the rare plants that are grown almost exclusively for colorful foliage. Surprisingly, they are members of the huge mint family; like peppermint, their leaves are sometimes used for medicinal purposes (though they are not particularly tasty). Coleus is a hardy, attractive plant that is available in a wide range of sizes and colors. leaves are available in green, purple, orange, red, yellow, and in a striking array of patterns. Coleus are also fun plants to propagate; new plants grown from seed will be new creations.
* The product image above is a generic image of this product. Delivered product may not be identical to the product image on this page.
Light: Bright light, avoiding direct midday sunlight. Too much sun will wash out the colors in their leaves.
Water: Moderate, but reduce watering in winter.
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Growth Rate: Fast
Gardening Tips: Growing coleus indoors is definitely possible, providing you give it enough moisture, heat, and humidity. If the plant goes into flower, snip off the unremarkable flowers to encourage vitality, and pinch off growing tips to encourage bushiness. If the plant starts to lose its leaves, it’s probably too dark or cold. If the color washes out, it’s probably getting too much sun, so be careful!