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13/09/2012 at 18:53

Does anyone know the name of a beautiful plant that we bought from the garden centre who's leaves look like army camouflage uniform??

I've lost the card that came with the plant and want to look it up to see how I can take cuttings from it to reproduce it next year.

It's beautiful and has started flowering!....I remember the guy in the garden centre saying it was only an annual but would love to take some cuttings from it.

If you can help I'd really appreciate it! Many thanks! xx

13/09/2012 at 19:02

Any chance of a picture??

13/09/2012 at 19:26

Yes! I've just taken one and will come back shortly once the battery in my camera has rechaged LOL! Will be intouch! xx

13/09/2012 at 19:28

Flossy are we talking Coleus an annual grown for its foliage, they do flower looking a bit like a nettle flower.
Can never remember being called a Coleus when dressed in my Disruptive pattern battle kit though.


13/09/2012 at 21:08

It sounds like it is Houttuynia Chameleon. It is a nightmare of a plant.The tiniest bit will invade and I would suggest it be destroyed immediately.You have been warned.


13/09/2012 at 21:27

Hi Denboy 15 -  Houttuynia Chameleon is definitely not an annual so it will not be that.

13/09/2012 at 21:33

 Don't think it is the plant you think Denboy after checking what you suggested out on the internet. Any ideas??.....picture attached xx

13/09/2012 at 21:37

That is a Coleus or Solenostemon scutellarioides as it should now be called. They are tender perennials which can be kept over winter in a warm well lit Conservatory and propagated from cuttings in early Spring.

13/09/2012 at 22:14

Thankyou Berghill!......I am hoping to take cuttings from this plant so I can grow new ones for next year as I think the follage is fabulous!  x


14/09/2012 at 00:36

I think Berghill is right  the leaves on Houttuynia are Arrow shaped

14/09/2012 at 06:36

Yes, definitely coleus as we used to call them - if you develop a passion for them (and many people do) you can grow them from seeds - choosing either named varieties or buying a packet of rainbow mixed seeds.  They're easy to grow on a warm light windowsill - we used to grow them every year as children and sell them at the school sale to raise funds.  

Don't forget to pinch the growing tips out of your seedlings and cuttings to encourage bushy growth and enjoy!!! 

14/09/2012 at 09:48

I had a 'camouflage ' plant from our local garden centre, planted it and couldn't find it again ! Talk about blending in !

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