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(kō`lēəs), common name for a genus of plants with large colorful leaves native to tropical Asia and Africa. Several species are grown as ornamentals. Plants of the genus Coleus are in the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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a genus of plants of the family Labiatae. They are primarily perennial herbs or subshrubs with opposite leaves. The flowers, which are blue or lilac, small, and verticillastrate, are gathered into compound inflorescences. There are approximately 150 species, distributed in the tropics of the eastern hemisphere. Some species, such as Coleus parviflorus and C. edulis, have starchy tubers and are cultivated for food in tropical Africa and Asia. Many species are ornamental. Some have beautiful blossoms (C. frederici, C. thyrsoides, and C. shirensis); others have velvety reddish or brownish leaves that sometimes have a design or border. The hybrid varieties C. blumei and C. rehneltianus, with variegated leaves, are cultivated in greenhouses and are common house plants.

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But don't allow the Coleus to flower, otherwise you'll find the leaf colour suffers.
The flowers and aerial parts of Coleus aromaticus were collected in March 2010 from the medicinal garden of Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Belgaum, Karnataka, India, at a height of 800 m.
Coleus are great plants and generally are quite easy to maintain.
Stephen Rice, 29, of Tudor Road in Birkenhead; David Adams, 22, of South Hill Road, Dingle; David Lochan, 25, of Sandringham Grove, L17; Anthony Berry, 25, of Northumberland Grove, L8; James Owens, 19, of Windsor Road in Tuebrook; Mark Connor, 19, of Sandforth Road in West Derby; Paul Dames, 20, of Suburban Road, L6; Alan Coakley, 19, of Coleus Close in Walton; Michael James, 22, of Broadlake in Willaston and Shane Smith, 22, are accused of supplying controlled drugs.
Self-employed demolition and scrap merchants Thomas Davies 53, of Coleus Close, and John Lloyd, 61, of Saxonia Road, both Walton, who had been contracted to do the work, admitted the same offence.
Or try baskets of hosta and coleus or an entire window box of caladiums for a dramatic look.
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This month, the nursery is stocking an array of colorful coleus as an alternative to traditional holiday plants; they can be shipped through the end of the month, and are available for pickup or local delivery after that.
Please send cheques and postal orders made payable to Mr Fothergill's to People Coleus Offer, Mr Fothergill's, Rookery Farm, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG and clearly state your name and address.