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The Name of a plant that's leaves look like army camouflage Uniform!

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



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Any chance of a picture??

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

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

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

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

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,993

    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.

  • 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! image x


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

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,184

    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!!! image

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