coleus

[koh-lee-uhs]
noun, plural coleuses.
any of several tropical Asian or African plants belonging to the genus Coleus, of the mint family, certain species of which are cultivated for their showy, colored foliage and blue flowers.

Origin:
1865–70; < Neo-Latin < Greek koleós, variant of koleón sheath, scabbard; akin to conceal, hull1

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coleus (ˈkəʊlɪəs)
 
n , pl -uses
any plant of the Old World genus Coleus: cultivated for their variegated leaves, typically marked with red, yellow, or white: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek koleos, variant of koleon sheath; from the way in which the stamens are joined]

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Impatiens and coleus grow well in partial shade, while marigolds and pelargoniums add color to sunny spots.
But the common garden coleus reminds us that not all members of the mint family are fragrant.
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