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Solenostemon (Coleus)  

Solenostemon (Coleus)
Genus of about 60 species of evergreen, bushy, erect to spreading, subshrubby perennials from forest in tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia. They are mainly cultivated for their opposite, coarsely to finely toothed, often hairy, mostly ovate, colourful leaves. The light to dark green leaves can be freckled or banded with pink, red, yellow, purple, and brown, or creamy white. Throughout the year, Solenostemon bears racemelike whorls of tiny, tubular, 2-lipped, blue, white, or purple flowers. In frost-prone climates, grow in a temperate greenhouse or as houseplants, or use outdoors as summer bedding or in contaciners. In warer areas, coleus are good bedding plants, particularly for shady positions.

Outdoors, grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Provide a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Water freely in dry weather. Pinch out young shoots regularly to maintain foliage colour and compact plant shape. It is best to remove emerging flower spikes to maintain shapely plants

Source: The Royal Horticultural Society "A-Z Enclopaedia of Garden Plants K-Z", page 991

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