Plectranthus scutellarioides: Painted Nettle, Coleus

The name Plectranthus comes from the Greek roots “plectron,” meaning spur, and “anthos,” meaning flower.


Foliage colors became muted when placed in full sunlight.

The largest and probably the best known of the Plectranthus group is the plant commonly known as Coleus.


For many years, the genus and species of this plant was Coleus blumei. From there it went to Solenostemon scutellarioides, but recently the name has been changed to Plectranthus scutellarioides.


Wonderful color combination of lime green and dusky red 🙂

Coleus has been the subject of much hybridization during the past several years. Plants can be found in almost any color, size, and form.

Photos: Singapore 2012


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