University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers and Foliage

Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)

Coleus is a free branching, dense and succulent plant grown for its colorful foliage. It grows one to two feet in height. Simple leaves are opposite with margins that may be crenate, serrate, undulate, lobed, etc. They are generally ovate and soft-textured. Coleus exhibits many colors and color combinations; patterns of pink, white, yellow, red, green, and maroon are common. The stems are square, becoming woody with age. The flower is a blue spike which is generally not valued.