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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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
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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.
I find, too, that sometimes I can keep some of my summer plants like lantana and begonias and just add some fall interest such as coleus and maybe a little dusty miller or celosia.
Scaredy cats Grow Coleus canina to deter cats from using your garden as a toilet.
Finally, M Alderton has found planting Coleus canina, also known as Scaredy Cat, to be a great help.
Finally, M Alderton from Dorset has found planting Coleus canina, also known as Scaredy Cat, to be a great help.
The objective of this study was to develop an acceptable biorational insecticide dip for coleus cuttings, Plectranthus scutellarioides L.
David Small, who is president of the club, is an expert on sweet peas, and has also grown an example of a coleus that is called 'Paisley Shawl' because of its colourful leaves.
I see that you have already tried traditional remedies - among these are motion sensors that will spray the cats with a bit of water when they enter your garden and putting down smells they don't like, such as citrus peelings or even plants such as Coleus canina.
We are delighted to offer this exciting modern Coleus plant, compact by nature and ideal for growing in patio pots, containers or directly in a summer flowerbed.
After trying natural therapies, theories, lotions and potions, it was eventually only coffee and Coleus Forskholii application that did the trick.
But for rich and vibrant foliage, often with variegated leaves, coleus and begonias are beauties - although they are not the hardiest.