flame nettle, painted leaves
The leaves of coleus are so colorful that they have a sense of existence.
I often plant them in container together with another flowers, but the growth of coleus is too vigorous, and other flowers can't grow well.
Not only the colorful leaves but also small flowers are cute. It is better to cut flowers for the growth of leaves, though.
It seems that coleus doesn't have the low temperature resistance, but it keeps colors till late in autumn.
Wrote on September 2 2006