Please Identify My HousePlant

Hi Judy, I searched your data base and didn’t see this plant. When I first got it, it had big leaves then the big leaves fell off and all these little ones showed up and they keep dying and falling off before they get very big so I am sure I must be caring for it incorrectly could you please help me with the care and identification of this plant

Hi Cliff,


Your plant is a type of Coleus Plant. The first thing you have to do is completely cut off the stalks with the flowers on them. New leaves will not grow well as long as the plant flowers and the leaves of a Coleus are much prettier than the little flowers. A Coleus needs lots of bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun. There are complete care instructions for a Coleus in the Popular HousePlant section of the website. The variety of the Coleus pictured is different than yours, but the care instructions are the same. If new flowers develop, pinch them off immediately.