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 Provide needed trimming to reduce the height and width of coleus, as needed. Tom Maccubbin,, 31 July 2021 Other guides include azalea, redbud, Lenten rose, peony, elephant ear and coleus. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Pick colorful, feel-good plants such as summer coleus and petunia, fall aster and black-eyed Susan, winter’s fragrant golden Mexican orange and camellia sasanqua, and your favorite spring flowers. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 Question: Our coleus plants are making lots of growth during summer weather. Tom Maccubbin,, 31 July 2021 Brighten up your outdoor spaces this summer by planting coneflowers, calamint, rudbeckia, coleus and lantana, or opt to plan a container garden. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Definitely the most go-to plants for summer are pentas and coleus. Tom Maccubbin,, 26 June 2021 The coleus is small now but will quickly grow into a bushy plant 24 to 30 inches tall. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 21 June 2021 Other guides include azalea, redbud, Lenten rose, peony, elephant ear, coleus, lantana, coneflower and savory calamint. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 7 June 2021

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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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19 Nov 2021

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“Coleus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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