A coleus in cultivation
Unidentified coleus

Coleus is a former genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. In recent classifications, the genus is no longer recognized, and the formerly included species are instead placed in the genus Plectranthus.[citation needed] Because the type species, Coleus amboinicus (Plectranthus amboinicus) is now placed in Plectranthus, Coleus is regarded as a synonym of Plectranthus.[citation needed] As of June 2020 Kew's Plants of the World Online lists both Coleus and Plectranthus as accepted genera.[1][2]

The term "coleus" is often used as a common name for species formerly placed in the genus Coleus that are cultivated as ornamental plants, particularly Coleus blumei (Plectranthus scutellarioides), which is popular as a garden plant for its brightly colored foliage. This plant prefers bright, but indirect sunlight. If direct sunlight touches the plant's leaves, the colors become less brightly colored. Outside this plant needs total shade or only the most mild morning sunlight.[3]

Selected speciesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coleus Lour". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Plectranthus L'Hér". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Coleus Care". Gardening Know How. 15 July 2019. Archived from the original on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Coleus at Wikimedia Commons