This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is claimed by most florists, that Coleus pictus and multicolor were introduced from different countries. I have a plant of Coleus pictus, with one branch of multicolor. The different parts of the same plant are just as distinct as a plant of the pictus, is from multicolor. Hence they must have had the same origin, and as I find several of the pictus plants sporting into multicolor, I should judge that multicolor is nothing but a sport from pictus. Will those who introduced them throw some light upon the subject?