Coleus foliage color.
All the rage in Victorian times as houseplants and as garden
bedding, Coleus then fell out of favor for much of a century. It
made a big comeback in the last part of the 1900's, just in time to
be scrutinized by the new generation of plant taxonomists who
examine plants' genes to determine what's related to what. So
Coleus is no longer the plant's official name. Some of the plants
formerly known as Coleus belong now to the genus
Plectranthus. Most became Solenostemon, primarily
Solenostemon scutellarioides. It's a big change from
Coleus blumei! Such a shame, that modern name changes so
rarely give us an easier plant name.
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