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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Coleus
Coleus amboinicus
Coleus barbatus
Coleus blumei
Coleus forskohlii
Coleus pumila
Coleus pumilus
Ref: ITIS 32469 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=32469) 2002-08-19

Coleus is an annual plant with colorful variegated leaves, typically with sharp contrast between the colors; the leaves may be green, pink, yellow, maroon, and red. The plants grow well in moist well-drained soil, and typically grow 12 to 24 inches tall, though some may grow as tall as four feet. Coleus are typically grown for ornamental purposes; they are heat-tolerant, though they do less well in full sun in subtropical areas than in the shade. In bright hot areas, the colors of the plant will typically be more intense in shaded areas than in full sun, and the plants will require less water. Coleus also make low maintenance houseplants, and can often be propagated by clipping a length of stem just below the leaves and putting the stem in water to root.

*Several plants in the genus Coleus and still commonly called "coleus", have been moved to other genera in Lamiaceae.

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