In my opinion even the most perfect pictures look better edited. I try to avoid posting raw pictures, because I like things to be perfect (or at least as good as possible). However, this time I decided to post these pictures just the way they are. No edit, no filter, no nothing. Because nature is f*cking amazing, isn’t it?
Plectranthus scutellarioides, also known as Coleus, is a flowering perennial plant widely grown for the highly decorative variegated leaves. No wonder, right? I mean… look at those juicy leaves… That awesome deep red shade… It seems so surreal. 👀
The species is extremely variable in the colour and shape of the leaves. Here is another example, a more common one maybe, but just as beautiful as the first one.
Leaves can be green, yellow, cream, maroon, dark purple, red, orange, pink or white and basically everything in between. They may also include more shades of these colors and there are endless variations of how the colors can be mixed. 🌈While green coloration is due to the amount of chlorophyll present in the leaves, purple, pink, red and orange colors are due to anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are water-soluble, flavonoid biosynthetic pigments, found in the foliage in addition to chlorophyll.
Now that I wrote it all down I’ll only have to read for like 6352793 times my own article to be able to memorize everything. 😂 So many new words to learn each time. 😅
I took these pictures in Balchik a few weeks ago when we visited the Royal Gardens, with an iPhone 7. I’m looking at them and I just can’t believe my eyes.