Floral Spike

This is the first year that I have seen floral spikes on my Coleus plants.  When I researched this, some articles indicated that it was a precursor to the death of the plant.  We often use them as annuals but they are perennials in their native countries of Thailand, Malaysia and surrounds.  Since we are also subtropical, they should live past a year but only if we get no frost.  Our Texas mega freeze this year both killed many trees and plants, yet magically revitalized others.

Then I read another article that suggested you should let them flower, as the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees feed off them.  The freeze also killed many of Texas’ much needed bees – I have seen hardly any this year.  The hummingbirds have started to arrive, however, and we have had a lovely variety of butterflies fluttering past the window.  A little green pond hawk dragonfly follows me around when I water the garden every day.  Coleus are part of the mint family and the roots are used medicinally in South East Asia.

Treesymbolism.com states:

The coleus plant can be considered as a sign that you need to take good care of yourself and you must do everything possible to stay healthy and live a long and fulfilled life. You must always put your health at the peak of everything because this is what will give you the courage to stay fulfilled.

44 thoughts on “Floral Spike

  1. That’s what those floral spikes always meant to my plants. But when I saw this, I just clipped off the healthiest looking stems, stuck them in pots and kept them moist – Viola! New plants.

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  2. No word of a lie I grew a coleus at my mother’s house when I was taking care of her back east. It grew to 6 feet across and about 4 feet the other way. It was huge. I would have to search my files for a pic but they may have gone wayside when I reset my phone and didn’t save anything. I will look anyway.

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    • Dear Kerry and thespiritkeeper,

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  3. I actually know them by a totally different name – painted nettle. My mom had plenty of them growing wild and free and I have to say they have some of the most stunningly coloured foliage. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day. Ericeira is just back from her first day of school, it was so amazing to see the little Junior Infants all excited about learning and being back in school 🙂 Aiva xx

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  4. Coleus are definitely annuals up here! 😁 It’s an easy thing to start cuttings though, I remember an acquaintance with a house full of pots with coleus…I clip off the flowers so that leaves grow larger and the plant itself gets fuller. Hope you didn’t get too much rain!

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    • Thank you for your comment, Chris! We did get lots of rain but the plants are quite bushy already. The Farmer’s Almanac says we are in for a cold winter down here so I will let nature decide what happens next. 😀

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