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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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An increase in topical permeation was shown when combining Cosmoperine with products like green tea extract, an antioxidant rich in polyphenols; coleus forskohlli extract, a skin conditioning agent and tetrahydrocurcumin, a potent antioxidant, which is derived from curcuminoids extracted from tumeric root.
The chemical composition and retention time of essential oils of flowers and aerial parts of Coleus aromaticus are presented in Table 1.
Since coleus have "furry" leaves it's best if water doesn't get on them so if you're able, when watering just leave the hose running a trickle into the plant or water with a watering can.
Coleus amboinicus, Andrographis paniculata, and Vitex nigundo leaves were collected.
Coleus is one of the annuals I choose each year when it comes time to plant.
Zestra contains starflower oil, evening primrose oil, extracts of angelica and coleus, and vitamins C and E.
9Take cuttings of houseplants, especially subjects such as begonias and coleus.
Wants: red geranium, red sunflower, red carnation, red verbena, red phlox, red rose, red lantana, red zinnia, red pansy, red lobelia, red petunia (red and white), red morning glory, red lupine, red columbine, red sweet pea, red cabbage kale, red dahlia, red potentillas, red coleus, red snapdragon, red double begonia, red coral bells, any ferns.
Herbaceous annuals such as: Ageratum (Ageratum houstonlanum) Wax Begonia (Begonia semperflorens) Coleus (Coleus species) Impatiens (Impatiens species) Lobelia (Lobelia erinus) Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum) Petunia (Petunia x hybrida) Salvia (Salvia species) Marigold (Tagetes patula) Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) 2.
His team has boosted the stress tolerance of snap beans, sweet corn, field corn, broccoli, coleus, ash trees and elms, often in multiple varieties of a species, he says.
Each distribution center is essential to the handling of the innovative product line that includes sodium hyaluronate, saw palmetto, shea butter, boswellia, garcinia, coleus forskolin, flax seed oil, Coenzyme Q10, Omega 3, solanesol and others.
A YOU could try growing the scaredy cat plant, Coleus canina.