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Any of various plants in the mint family formerly of the genus Coleus, especially Solenostemon scutellarioides and some species in the genus Plectranthus, native to tropical Africa and Asia and widely grown as ornamentals for their multicolored leaves.

[New Latin Coleus, genus name, from Greek koleos, sheath (from the way the filaments of its stamens are joined in a tube); see kel- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -uses
(Plants) any plant of the Old World genus Coleus: cultivated for their variegated leaves, typically marked with red, yellow, or white: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek koleos, variant of koleon sheath; from the way in which the stamens are joined]


(ˈkoʊ li əs)

n., pl. -us•es.
any of several Old World tropical plants of the genus Coleus, of the mint family, cultivated for their colorful leaves.
[1865–70; < New Latin < Greek koleós, variant of koleónsheath]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coleus - any of various Old World tropical plants of the genus Coleus having multicolored decorative leaves and spikes of blue flowerscoleus - any of various Old World tropical plants of the genus Coleus having multicolored decorative leaves and spikes of blue flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Coleus - genus of Old World tropical plants cultivated for their variegated leaves; various plants sometimes placed in genera Plectranthus or Solenostemon
Coleus amboinicus, Coleus aromaticus, country borage, Plectranthus amboinicus - an aromatic fleshy herb of India and Ceylon to South Africa; sometimes placed in genus Plectranthus
Coleus blumei, Joseph's coat, painted nettle, Solenostemon blumei, Solenostemon scutellarioides - perennial aromatic herb of southeastern Asia having large usually bright-colored or blotched leaves and spikes of blue-violet flowers; sometimes placed in genus Solenostemon
نَباتُ الكوليوس
kın çiçeği


(ˈkouliəs) noun
a type of plant with variegated leaves.
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Against the uniform sheet of snow and the greyish winter sky the Italian villa loomed up rather grimly; even in summer it kept its distance, and the boldest coleus bed had never ventured nearer than thirty feet from its awful front.
Save pounds 8 on Coleus Canina COLEUS Canina has a smell that cats hate - so it can help solve the problem of unwanted visitors to your garden
A number of pests can affect coleus including mealybug, whitefly and red spider mite.
4 COLEUS FAIRWAY You can buy a good range of this by getting a mixture of seed with more than 10 different foliage colours.
Any variety of Coleus would make a wonderful companion to Strobilanthus.
Her entry, a watercolor still-life painting titled "Red Coleus," was selected by judges from more than 100 entries submitted by young artists from across the nation.
fulgens (red)do well planted in groups,as do Chinese aster, coleus, zinnia,penstemon and rudbeckia.
fulgens (red) do well planted in groups, as do Chinese aster, coleus, zinnia, penstemon and rudbeckia.
The classic case is Coleus which are so easy to root, yet older plants always succumb to winter damp in my greenhouse.
Keep the cats away THE leaves of Coleus Canina smell abhorrent to cats - helping to solve the problem with unwanted felines in the garden.
USE Try it with 'Felix' or 'Chocolate Drop' coleus and 'Black Heart' sweet potato vine.
Maroon coleus makes a perfect partner for bronzy red-leafed Celebrette 'Strawberry Star' and dark green--leafed Celebrette 'Scarlet Improved' New Guinea impatiens.