Thursday, December 4, 2008

Coleus forskohlii Monograph.


Coleus forskohlii is a perennial member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family and grows in the subtropicaltemperate climates of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Plant height is approximately 1-2 feet and its strikingleaves are teardrop shaped, shimmering green framing a bright purple center; leaf color varies depending on the amount of shade. A cluster of stalked pale purple or blue flowers branches off a single stem. The rootstock is typicallygolden brown, thick, fibrous, and radially spreading. The roots are harvested in the fall, when forskolin is atits most concentrated and the color is the brightest.


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