Depending on where you live, you might know them as painted nettle or poor man’s croton, but for many of us, they’re simply coleus plants (Coleus blumei). I, for one, enjoy them, as do many others. They have some of the most stunningly coloured foliage—green, blue, and purple.

Yellow, pink, red, maroon, and other colours Coleus also has a wide range of leaf sizes and overall shapes. This means that no matter where you want to put coleus, you can find one that will work perfectly. These plants are great for adding colour to the garden (or home), especially in dark, drab-looking corners.

Growing Coleus Plants Coleus is probably one of the simplest plants to grow and propagate. In fact, the plants root so easily that you can start cuttings in a glass of water. They can also be propagated by seed indoors eight to ten weeks before the last expected spring frost.

More information can be found at Gardening Know How: Coleus Care – Growing Coleus.

Coleus is a plant from the mint family. It grows in tropical regions of Asia such as Nepal, India, and Thailand. The root is used as medicine. Coleus root contains a chemical called forskolin. Herbal product manufacturers often produce coleus extracts that contain high levels of forskolin. These preparations are being promoted for the same conditions for which forskolin has been traditionally used.

Coleus or forskolin are used for high blood pressure, chest pain (angina), asthmadry eye, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

How does it work ?

Forskolin works on muscles in the heart and in the walls of the blood vessels. It produces a more powerful heartbeat and widening of the blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure.