Grown mainly as indoor foliage plants Coleus are indeed a colorful addition as a house plant. It is mainly the hybrids that we see for sale, and these are available in shades of red, yellow and purple, as well as few other colors.

Coleus blumei hybrids ( see picture right) are perhaps some of the most widely grown of all. Colorful foliage and easy care.

As house plants they are easy, give them s strong filtered light and and moist well drained soil and they are happy. However in warmer climates these colorful plants can also be grown outdoors.

Regarded as both an annual and a tender perennial, depending a little on the enthusiasm of the gardeners and if they grown in warmer climates. Most Coleus available are hybrids developed specifically for the foliage so don't expect great flowers.


  • Coleus forskohlii
  • Coleus canina (a cat and dog repellant plant)
  • Coleus amboinicus
  • Coleus blumei