Coleus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. The plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world, with the highest diversity in Africa. The genus includes about 150 species, which are divided into six groups. Coleus species are annual or perennial herbs with opposite or whorled leaves. The leaves are often brightly colored, and the flowers are small and borne in terminal spikes or panicles. The flowers are bisexual, with four stamens and two styles. The fruit is a small dry capsule.
Early spring or late summer.
Most species prefer fertile, well-drained soil.
Every 2 weeks during the growing season.
After flowering, to encourage new growth.
Seeds or cuttings.
Partial sun to full shade.