co·​le·​us | \ ˈkō-lē-əs How to pronounce coleus (audio) \

Definition of coleus

: any of a large genus (Coleus) of Old World herbs of the mint family including ones cultivated for their colorful foliage

Examples of coleus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some species of coleus were undamaged, as are several species of impatiens and the cupheas look untouched. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "What a beautiful fall!," 7 Nov. 2020 In my own garden, ‘Alabama Sunset’ coleus is looking fabulous right now. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how to keep up your enthusiasm for your garden through the dog days of summer days," 4 Aug. 2019 Wax leaf begonias, pentas, caladium and coleus perform well in the shade. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Beginner’s guide to growing herbs," 25 June 2020 Red Head: This one shows up on the list of just about everyone who grows coleus. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Everything old is new again, especially for this vibrant, colorful and hearty garden plant," 5 June 2020 Today’s coleus selections are rock stars of the summer border. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Everything old is new again, especially for this vibrant, colorful and hearty garden plant," 5 June 2020 Plant penta, wax leaf begonias, coleus or caladium in the shade. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Wildlife activity picking up in San Antonio gardens, from purple martins, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees," 30 Apr. 2020 In the shade consider planting begonias, pentas, caladium and coleus. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to tough, drought-tolerant roses that thrive in San Antonio gardens in summer heat," 23 Apr. 2020 Consider pentas, begonias, caladium and coleus in the shade and zinnias, cosmos, moss roses and purslane in the sun. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: It’s almost time to fertilize your lawn, and here’s how," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of coleus

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coleus

New Latin, genus name, from Greek koleos, koleon sheath

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The first known use of coleus was in 1885

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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Coleus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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co·​le·​us | \ ˈkō-lē-əs How to pronounce coleus (audio) \

Kids Definition of coleus

: a plant grown as a houseplant or a garden plant for its many-colored leaves

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