Dark Colored Coleus (Coleus scutellarioides) are a set of annual Coleus varieties that have deep purple and red colored leaves and stems that often look black in coloration due to the saturation of color. Coleus are members of the Mint family much like many household herbs such as Perilla, Sage, Mint, and Basil, which Coleus has a visual resemblance to. Native to Southeast Asia and Australia Coleus is widely cultivated and has countless cultivars and hybrids that each display different brightly colored leaf patterns. Light colored Coleus have primarily green leaves which are highlighted with bright red, magenta and purple patterns. Dark Colored Coleus are distinct in that the leaves are almost entirely a deep purple or maroon in color.
Dark Colored Coleus are easy to cultivate and make an excellent plant for both indoor and outdoor growing. Coleus are most commonly grown as an annual landscaping plant but they are also well adapted to being grown indoors.