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Painted Nettles

Painted Nettles
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/13 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-11 5:01
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Painted Nettles / Coleus blumei

I found this unnamed plant growing in the hothouse at the Auckland Domain’s Winter Gardens this week, and I’m quite sure it is a Coleus, also known as Painted Nettles / Coleus blumei. Although the new name for the coleus group is Solenostemon scutellarioides, most still consider them as Coleus.

Coleus plants are durable and easy to grow, but even the slightest frost will cause them to die. They are best known for their bright colours, and variety of foliage forms. Although these plants are a member of the nettle family, they are a mint. They do not have the stinging properties of the nettle. Coleus are colourful foliage plants that come in a wide range of colours including yellow, white, pink, red, chartreuse, or green with contrasting colour patterns. They are recognised by having an opposite leaf arrangement on square stems.

Don’t you think the colours and patterns are so attractive? And you can also see where a bug, maybe a caterpillar, has eaten holes in the leaves. These plants also make a nice houseplant as long as it receives sufficient light and food. Flower buds must be pinched off as soon as they develop to prevent the plant from producing seeds. Once a Coleus is allowed to go to seed, it has completed it's life objective, and it will usually die. I tried growing them a few years back, but they usually went too leggy as I was too slow at pinching the ends off.


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To livios: Thanks LivioJanice 1 06-12 20:39
To malgosia: Thank you MalgosiaJanice 2 06-12 11:03
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Good color

Belle photo Janice, les couleurs sont vraiment très belles.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-11 5:21]
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Hi Janice.
This morning rain, rain, rain...but - this is excellent opportunity to take some photos of fresh greens with water droplets :-)
Colour is the key in your picture. Colour and composition - little chaotic, but works very well for me. These leaves look almost UV ;-) I like it! And now I'm going to catch few similiar in Garden.

Hello Janice!
Very nice leaves.Colors are amazing.I likeed this job very much.Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-11 7:40]

Wow, this is great Janice! The colors are really enchanting! Magnificent and strong composition. This is how I like it. TFS!


hello Janice:) again me:D really I like here colours:) great photo:) nice DOF :) I love it


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-11 8:05]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful capture,very interresting colors.
Lighting,details,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

A piece of art! Beautiful colours and so sharp!

Hello Janice!
Next wonderful, pretty composition with great plant. AMAZING SHOT!

Great photo Janice!
The colours and lighting are amazing - maybe because of that the photo looks really special.
Perfect POV and composition.
I like it very much.

Very nice colors and composition.
I like it! TFS

Very nice picture, Janice.
The colours and composition are great. Good details and POV.
Excellent work.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-11 13:40]

Magnificent colours Jancie. I loved the soft ligthing on this beautiful composition.
Well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-11 15:34]

Hi Janice!
Unusual, superb colours. Good capture. I like the sharpness and composition, too.

Hi Janice,

Great shot on these beautiful leaves. The composition and framing are perfect. They are very colorful. This photo also really shows great texture in the leaves. Excellent Work!


Lovely shot Janice, the colours are very striking and composition very nice. Good job.

I like the light and color "temperature" here Jancie..Very nice close-up showing the leaves patterns nicely! TFS!!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-12 19:13]
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Janice, a different shot.

I like it. It's quite surprising. It's even an artistic shot.

Excellent sharpness and composition.

The leaves almost seem to glow, like under a blacklight. Very artistic presentation, I love the angle of the leaves. Well done.

Lovely shot Janice,
Great composition, fantastic details and the wonderful colours. A really nice image, a real wall hanger.
Thanks for posting

Great one, Janice. Another impressive texture of nature post. Love the colors. Great compo and lines. Very well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-14 9:50]

Hello Janice.
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

I have never seen this variety of coleus before, Janice.
An exceptional palette of this unusual color, pattern and details.
Well seen and captured, thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • cigdom (32)
  • [2005-06-15 5:51]

100000 green smiles to this photo!!!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-15 8:08]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce feuilles aux jolies couleurs.
Jancie you made a nice composition !

Hello Janice,
The sharpness and especially the beautiful colours are great. Those type of green and purple go so well together and this image goes straight to my favourites.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-10 21:21]

Great combination of colours! TFS! Michal

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-03-17 12:12]

Great composition Janice. Very attractive colours and patterns of leaves. Nice DOV and soft lighting.
Very well done.

Hello Janice
Such a beautiful colour pattern....green and purple, I love these two colours together. The design on the leaf is very interesting.
Wonderful detail, sharpness and composition.
Very pretty.
TFS Janice

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