Monday, December 27, 2010

Solenostemon scutellarioides

Scientific classification
Kingdom : Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order : Lamiales
Family : Lamiaceae
Genus : Solenostemon
Species : S. scutellarioides
Binomial name
Solenostemon scutellarioides
* Coleus blumei Benth.
* Coleus blumei var. verschaffeltii (Lem.) Lem.
* Coleus hybridus hort. ex Voss
* Coleus pumilus Blancoright
* Coleus scutellarioides (L.) Benth.
* Coleus verschaffeltii Lem.
* Ocimum scutellarioides L.
* Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R. Br.

The Coleus plant has very colorful foliage and is popular as a houseplant and in gardens. Its geographic origin is Southeast Asia and Malaysia. The plant has various names, including "Coleus blumei".
The Coleus are very easy to propagate by cuttings, and they like partial shade, though can stand a bit of direct sunlight. They are not frost tolerant.

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