Monday, June 8, 2009

Coleus blumei

Another of those plants I am rather fond of....

Two years back, I got a couple of coleus plants home. I loved the foliage, and they seemed to love the summy ledge that they were placed on. The leaves were various shades of maroon and green, and you could spend hours just admiring the subtle colouring.

I was seriously contemplating specialising in Coleus plants - apparently, there is also a variety called Lord Voldermort that appealed to the Potter buff in me - varigated leaves have a special charm few plants can match.

And then they flowered! Tiny mauve flowers, quite insignificant compared to the magnificance of the leaves. A coleus expert told me not to encourage flowers - the coleus plant dies soon after the flowers mature, I was told.

Unfortunately, but the time the advice came, it was too late. The plants withered and faded away. Whether because of the flowering or because of the almost daily flooding the monsoons inflicted on the plants I will never know.

All I know is that I have been consistantly shying away from bringing any more coleus plants home. I am not sure I have it in me to literally nip things in the bud.
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