Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R.Br.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Coleus
Synonym: Coleus blumei Benth.
Common Name: Not available
Flowering & Fruiting Period: Throughout the year
Distribution: Originally from Malesia; now widely grown in the tropics
Habitat: Grown as garden plant
Uses: Ornamental
Key Characteristics: Plectranthus scutellarioidesis an aromatic, evergreen perennial plant with erect to ascending stems that can become more or less woody near the base; it can grow 50 - 150cm tall. It does not form root tubers. The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens and as a pot plant in cooler climates; there is a wide range of cultivated forms, valued especially for their wide range of variegated leaves