Upon arrival in Kuching on the evening of Saturday the 27th of September, I wasted no time in visiting the Kuching Sunday market at Satok the following day. This time around I was fascinated by a corner of the market which displayed a big collection of the familiar perennial we call ' Coleus'. Of all the towns and cities in Sarawak I find that Kuching has the best sampling of all the various species and cultivars of this perennial loved most for its multi-coloured foliage and its potential as a decorative potted plant.
A closer look at the coleus. It is generally a low shrub with stems that are four angled and serrated leaves. Its variegated leaves are a head stopper.