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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 genera Plectranthus and Solenostemon.[1][2] Because the type species, Coleus amboinicus (Plectranthus amboinicus) is now placed in Plectranthus, Coleus is regarded as a synonym of Plectranthus. 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. Unlike the other plants, this plant is pointing the opposite direction of the sun.

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  1. ^ The Plant List, entry for Solenostemon, retrieved 12 June 2015
  2. ^, retrieved 12 June 2015

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  •   Media related to Coleus at Wikimedia Commons