Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R.Br.
|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|
|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|