Definition of coleus
: any of a large genus (Coleus) of Old World herbs of the mint family including ones cultivated for their colorful foliage
Recent Examples of coleus from the Web
Lightly trimming back a plant, such as a coleus, hibiscus or impatiens, every now and then will keep it more compact and bushy.
Plant summer flowering bulbs in sunny locations wherever a pop of color is needed or to fill in bare spots — coleus, cannas, dahlias, gladiolas and elephant ear (needs shade).
Obtain durable color for summer from bush daisy, caladium coleus, pentas and zinnias.
Plants for sale include flowers such as zinnias, petunias, wave petunias, marigolds, celosia, coleus, snapdragons, salvia, spiderwort, geraniums, impatiens and begonias.
A few more tips from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: ▪ Build a hot-themed bed with just three plants: coleus, crotons and cannas.
The Titicaca water frog (Telmatobius coleus), one of the largest aquatic frogs in the world, goes by a unique nickname.
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Origin and Etymology of coleus
New Latin, genus name, from Greek koleos, koleon sheath
First Known Use: 1885See Words from the same year
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Definition of coleus for Students
: a plant grown as a houseplant or a garden plant for its many-colored leaves
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