Coleus Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Paisley Shawl' (v)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
coleus 'Paisley Shawl'


The 'Paisley Shawl' variety of Coleus features a stunning display of intricately patterned foliage, which gives the plant its common name. Its leaves are distinguished by an elaborate combination of colors, typically including shades of green intermingled with burgundy or deep purple hues. The foliage often showcases striking veins or edging in bright pink or magenta, adding to the overall ornate look of the leaves. The leaves themselves are typically large and can be either broad or elongated with a somewhat ruffled or crinkly texture, giving the plant a lush and robust appearance. The edges of the leaves are generally scalloped or may be slightly serrated, which contributes to their visual interest. Coleus 'Paisley Shawl' is known for its vibrant, eye-catching display, making it a popular choice for adding a splash of color to gardens or as a statement plant in containers.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Coleus, Painted Nettle, Flame Nettle, Painted Leaf, Poor Man’s Croton

    • Common names

      Coleus blumei 'Paisley Shawl', Coleus verschaffeltii 'Paisley Shawl', Plectranthus scutellarioides 'Paisley Shawl'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Coleus is generally not considered to be toxic to humans. However, like many plants, it could potentially cause mild irritation if ingested or if the sap comes into contact with skin in sensitive individuals.

    • To pets

      Coleus is considered to be non-toxic to dogs and cats. While not typically dangerous, ingestion could potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some pets due to the natural plant compounds.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      2 feet [61 cm]

    • Spread

      2 feet [61 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southeast Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Visual Aesthetics: With its intricate and colorful foliage, Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Paisley Shawl') adds vibrancy and decorative appeal to gardens and indoor spaces.
    • Low Maintenance: It's relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal maintenance beyond regular watering and occasional fertilization.
    • Versatile Landscaping Use: Coleus can be planted in flower beds, borders, and containers, offering flexibility in landscaping designs.
    • Attracts Wildlife: It can attract beneficial insects like butterflies, adding to the biodiversity of garden ecosystems.
    • Shade Tolerance: Coleus thrives in shaded areas where many other colorful plants might not perform as well, making it ideal for dim garden spots.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Textile Dyeing: The vibrant leaves of Coleus can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, imparting beautiful patterns akin to its 'Paisley Shawl' variety.
    • Photography Backdrops: The unique foliage can provide a stunning, colorful background for macro and still life photography sessions.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Visual artists may draw inspiration from the intricate leaf patterns and color combinations for paintings, illustrations, or textile designs.
    • Educational Tool: The variety of colors and patterns makes Coleus plants like 'Paisley Shawl' a great resource for teaching botany and the science of genetics in plants.
    • Companion Planting: Coleus can be planted alongside vegetable gardens to attract beneficial insects and enhance the overall garden aesthetic.
    • Crafting: Dried Coleus leaves can be used in scrapbooking, card making, or decoupage projects for an organic touch.
    • Seasonal Decor: Its brilliant colors make Coleus 'Paisley Shawl' suitable for fall displays, adding a touch of warmth to the autumn palette.
    • Theme Gardens: 'Paisley Shawl' can be included in themed garden displays, such as a 'Victorian Garden' due to its decorative and vintage feel.
    • Performance Art: The leaves can be used as part of costumes or set designs in theater and dance for their bold visual impact.
    • Color Study: Artists and designers can use the plant as a live reference to study color theory and contrast due to its rich and diverse hues.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Coleus is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Coleus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Creativity: The striking patterns and vibrant colors of the Coleus plant represent imagination and artistic expression.
    • Diversity: The various hues and shapes of Coleus leaves symbolize the beauty and richness of diversity in life.
    • Intuition: Coleus can be associated with an inner knowing or awareness, suggesting a connection between the plant and human intuition.
    • Transformation: The Coleus' ability to change colors under different light conditions represents adaptability and transformation.

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  • water dropWater

    The common name for Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Paisley Shawl' (v) is Coleus. Coleus should be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which usually means watering approximately once a week. It's important to water the plant thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. During the active growing season in spring and summer, Coleus may require more frequent watering, such as twice a week, especially if it's in a warmer, brighter spot. The amount of water needed can vary, but a good rule is to apply about 16-24 ounces of water for a medium-sized pot during each watering session.

  • sunLight

    Coleus thrives in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate some direct morning sun. It's best to place the plant in a location where it receives plenty of light without being exposed to harsh midday sun, which can scorch the leaves. An east- or north-facing window would be an ideal spot for this plant, offering the light conditions it needs to maintain vibrant foliage.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Coleus prefers temperatures between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. It can survive in temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from frost. Ideally, keep your Coleus in a warm room away from cold drafts and fluctuating temperatures to promote healthy growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Coleus stimulates bushier growth and prevents the plant from becoming leggy. Pinch off the tips of the stems every few weeks during the growing season to encourage fuller foliage. The best time to prune is in the spring and throughout the summer, aligning with the plant's active growth phase.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Coleus 'Paisley Shawl' thrives in well-draining, rich soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0. A good mix would involve equal parts of peat, perlite, and potting soil to ensure adequate drainage and aeration.

  • plantRepotting

    Coleus 'Paisley Shawl' should be repotted every one to two years or when it outgrows its current pot, to provide fresh nutrients and to accommodate its growing roots.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Coleus 'Paisley Shawl' prefers a high humidity environment, ideally between 40-60%, to maintain its vibrant foliage and overall health.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Coleus in bright, indirect light and keep the soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Grow Coleus in partial shade and keep soil consistently moist.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Paisley Shawl' (v), commonly known as Coleus 'Paisley Shawl', begins its life cycle as a seed which, when sown and provided with the right conditions (warmth and moisture), germinates and sprouts into a seedling. As it grows, it develops a root system and true leaves emerge, showcasing the plant's characteristic vibrant foliage patterns. In the vegetative stage, 'Paisley Shawl' Coleus can be pinched back to encourage branching, resulting in a fuller plant. The plant may produce flower spikes during its maturation stage, but these are often removed to maintain foliage vigor and prevent seeding. Coleus 'Paisley Shawl' is typically treated as an annual, completing its life cycle within one growing season; however, it can be overwintered indoors or propagated via cuttings to preserve desired traits. If left to complete its life cycle, it would eventually set seed before dying, starting the cycle anew if conditions permit.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Paisley Shawl', commonly known as Coleus, is most effectively propagated through stem cuttings. This can be done at any time during its growing season, which typically ranges from spring through summer. To propagate by stem cuttings, a healthy, non-flowering stem is selected and a cutting about 4-6 inches long is taken, making sure it has at least two to three sets of leaves. The bottom set of leaves is removed, and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone. The cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a moist, well-draining potting mix, ensuring that the leaf nodes where the leaves were removed are buried in the soil. The pot should be placed in indirect light and kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged, until roots have established, generally in two to four weeks. Once the roots are developed, the new Coleus plant can be transplanted into a larger pot or into the garden.