Coleus are members of the mint family and have square stems and opposite leaves of that group of plants.
Some coleus grows in an upright form, some grows in a mound form, and some creep or trail. The leaves can be narrow or wide, round, or ovate, and they come in a wide range of interesting shapes and fancy leaf edges.
The colorful foliage that this plant is famous for can be red, pink, purple, green, yellow, orange, brown, and all shades in between.
When in bloom, don’t pinch the flower off as it attracts pollinator bees. Most everyone pinches the bloom so the plants will bush more outward.
Many varieties are in the Butterfly, Bromeliad, Falling Waters, and Quiet Gardens at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. For more information about our club, go to SarasotaGardenClub.org.