Plectranthus scutellarioides: Painted Nettle, Coleus

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

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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.

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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.

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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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