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Crazy for Coleus: My Growing Collection of Mayana Varieties

Batangas Home Gardening Adventures

Currently, I have eight varieties of coleus. This plant is easy to grow and propagate, not to mention, interestingly available in numerous varieties.

The first coleus that I had was this common red variety, which I think is what most locals identify as Mayana. This variety’s leaves have lovely maroon color with yellow-green edges. I planted it a long time ago; I can’t remember where I got it or whom it was from.

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My second variety was almost identical to my first variety. However, its leaves are darker. The foliage is almost red-violet and the yellowish edge design varies from pale to almost unnoticeable. This one was from a small cutting I got from my cousin.

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Placing the two varieties side by side lets you see the difference:

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The third one used to be my favorite because it was so different from the mayanas that I used to see in…

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