Coleus “Redhead”

Most times, the Interesting Plants I highlight here are those I found somewhere along my Internet travels. This coleus, though, was spotted during a recent trip to the local nursery and it so captivated my wife, we brought it home with us. She was really taken with the color and their habit and I immediately saw where it could be the start or a container garden for the back patio — something I had been thinking about already.

This photo is of our plant — in situ — on the back patio. The colors are striking and set off well by the white stucco walls and the green of other garden foliage. 

Coleus redhead

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Coleus was a 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 speciesColeus amboinicus (Plectranthus amboinicus) is now placed in PlectranthusColeus 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.— Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas