Coleus blumei (his friends just call him Coleus) is now Plectranthus scutellarioides and Coleus is now considered a common name for this plant along with Painted Nettle which I've never heard it called. (Refers to it's relation to the deadnettle family.) Although, Wikipedia also says that the scientific name is Solenostemon scutellarioides so I guess you just get to choose.
Much as I love Latin - botanical, liturgical and classical(each has it's own rules for pronunciation so you should know if you're talking to Dan Hinkley or the Pope!) I'm getting too old to keep up with all the name changes they keep throwing at us. So, I'm going to call this plant Coleus and be common as dirt.
I love bright color that lasts all season long and Coleus provides it in spades.
They look great in mixed plantings or in pots by themselves.
The images in this post show the ones that are in my garden this year. I used to note the names of the ones I really liked but they're usually not available the next year. This fall I will take cuttings (you say that every year!)
Like stained glass.
Sometimes it's a good thing to read plant labels. This one is growing in a mixed pot
with this one that picks up the colors of the veins of the former and echoes the colors of the cordyline.
With yellow creeping jenny to pick up the gold of the leaves and a small begonia boliviensis for an orange pop. Unfortunately, the Yellow and purple one is a monster (drooping here a little because it wants water) and pretty much covers up the purples behind. Hmm, that info on the label is helpful but only if you read it. Oops. Maybe I should just turn the pot around.
A perennial hardy in zones 11 and above, it's grown as an annual here but makes a nice houseplant (if you remember to water such things.) There are trailing medium and large sized varieties in a kaleidoscope of colors. Go ahead, throw a couple in your garden next year and pretend you're in the tropics. (Or an older relative's dining room where she grew one as a houseplant.)
Check out the article in Fine Gardening Here.
"Coleus blumei (now known as Plectranthus scutellarioides) has been reported to have very mild relaxing and/or hallucinogenic effects when consumed. The effects of the Coleus plant have not been explored very much by modern scientists but the plant has been known to have been used by the Mazatec Indians of southern Mexico who have a history of consuming this plant for its mind-altering effects."
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