The Lamiales is an order of at least 10 families and 11,000 species of dicotyledenous flowering herbs and shrubs. Recent taxonomic revisions have extended the scope of the Lamiales but time will tell as to whether these changes become permanent. The Lamiales includes several genera of popular ornamental house-plants from the families Gesneriaceae and Lamiaceae.
The Lamiaceae (Mint Family), from which the Order Lamiales takes its name, includes many important aromatic culinary herbs such as basil, hyssop, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme and lavender. Members of the genus Nepeta (Catmints) have aromatic foliage that attracts cats.
Many species from the genera Solenostemon (Syn. Coleus) and Plectranthus. have a degree of succulence but the majority are not usually shown as succulent plants. However, Solenostemon is an important horticultural plant.
The Gesneriaceae includes the popular choice caudiciform Sinningia leucotricha, (Cardinal flower), Nematanthus, Saintpaulia (African violets), Steptocarpus. and many other popular window-ledge plants
The genus Uncarina. includes several caudiciform flowering shrubs.