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Posted: Jul/07/2005 11:42 PM PST
Latest response from NY Botanical Garden Staff:
[QUOTE]This is not a mutation or even unusual. If you take cuttings then the plants will continue to grow the same way. They have just been pinched back closely. Keep removing the tiniest leaves as they grow out and two more branches will form from the spot.
NYBG Plant Information Staff [/quote]
MY question to NYBG:
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 8:57 PM
To: Plant Info
Subject: Re: Mutation for coleus?
The stalk is about six teirs high and it is working on the 7th and 8th. I wanted to pinch off the top to see if the side shoots develop the same pattern, but I would like the plant to flower and seed. In turn, I could see if the seedlings would germinate with the same pattern.
If this is rare or something new, please advise me on my next step.
Posted: Jul/07/2005 11:45 PM PST
Two leaf compared to three leaf pattern:
Posted: Jul/27/2005 11:48 AM PST
Here is some info which states that the plant's normal state is the oppposite leaf (two leaf) pattern:
[QUOTE]Coleus Blumei is just one of over 150 species of Coleus. It is a large genus, with members naturally found from Africa to Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. As members of the Mint family of plants (Lamiaceae), coleuses are close relatives of peppermint, spearmint, salvia, basil, thyme, oregano, and Swedish ivy. They all have distinctive stems that are square in cross section. Coleuses are herbaceous perennials in their native habitat, with [B]opposite leaves[/B] and small, blue to lilac flowers produced on terminal, spiked stalks.[/quote]
[URL=http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/POW/C oleus.htm]http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/ POW/Coleus.htm[/URL]