Coleus, locally known as Mayana, Lampunaya, is a native of Java and wild-crafted in the Philippines. It is an erect, branched, fleshy, annual herb, about 1 meter high. Stems are purplish and 4-angled. Leaves are variously blotched or colored, usually more or less hairy, ovate, 5 to 10 cm. long, rather coarsely toothed in the margins; and in the most common form uniformly velvety-purple. Flowers are purplish, numerous, and borne in lax, terminal, simple or branched inflorescence, 15 to 30 cm. long. Calyx is green. More here.
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The leaves are prettier than the flowers. We have them here too as potted plants indoors.
The beautiful vivid foliage brightens the shade garden.
Beautiful leaves, such dark rich color.
Great plant for the shady areas in a garden or container. I love the different colours.
The coleus is beautiful. I used to grow it as an annual here.
I like the composition of this photo, how you have placed the flower among the leaves. Lovely plant, very nice photo. Thanks for sharing.
Colorful leaves. Wonderfully captured, Luna.
I have never seen a coleus that large!!! It would be a sight!! Maybe because they have a relatively short growing season here...
I love the way your image highlights the velvet of the leaves!!!
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