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Coleus is a former genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. In recent classifications, the genus is no longer recognized, and the formerly included species are instead placed in the genera Plectranthus and Solenostemon.[1][2] Because the type species, Coleus amboinicus (Plectranthus amboinicus) is now placed in Plectranthus, Coleus is regarded as a synonym of Plectranthus. The term "coleus" is often used as a common name for species formerly placed in the genus Coleus that are cultivated as ornamental plants, particularly Coleus blumei (Plectranthus scutellarioides), which is popular as a garden plant for its brightly colored foliage. This plant prefers bright, but indirect sunlight. If direct sunlight touches the plants leaves the colors become less brightly colored. Outside this plant needs total shade or only the most mild morning sunlight. A greenhouse environment is a good choice for Coleus blumei. [3]

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  1. ^ The Plant List, entry for Solenostemon, retrieved 12 June 2015
  2. ^, retrieved 12 June 2015
  3. ^ "Coleus Care". Gardening Know How. 15 July 2019. Archived from the original on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.

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  • Media related to Coleus at Wikimedia Commons