Coleus scutellarioides Stained Glassworks™ ‘Big Blonde’

Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ on 6-11-12, #99-23.

Coleus Stained Glassworks™ ‘Big Blonde’

Coleus scutellarioides

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Plectranthus scutellarioides


Solenostemon scutellarioides

Coleus scutellarioides (L.) Benth. is the accepted scientific name for this species of Coleus. It was named and described as such by George Bentham in Plantae Asiaticae Rariores in 1830. It was first named and described as Ocimum scutellarioides by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

To read the research document published on Phytokeys, “Nomenclatural changes in Coleus and Plectranthus (Lamiaceae): a tale of more than two genera” by Alan J. Patton and others”, click HERE. I think this is the document presented to make the name changes. 

The two most common synonyms that plants are still sold under are Plectranthus scutellarioides and Solenostemon scutellarioides. 

Now a synonym, Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R.Br. was described as such by Robert Brown in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae in 1810.

Now a synonym, Solenostemon scutellarioides (L.) Codd was described by Leslie Edward Wastell Codd in Bothalia in 1975.

The genus, Coleus Lour., was named and described as such by João de Loureiro in Flora Cochinchinensis in 1790.

As of 1-2-23 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 301 species in the Coleus genus. It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 232 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.


Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ on 5-1-12, #88-3.

My first experience with this AWESOME Coleus was in 2014 when I was living at the mansion in Mississippi. I am pretty sure it came from Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi but my notes don’t say. This plant grew and grew and became quite large.

I am not 100% sure where this Coleus originated from. It is trademarked under the name Stained Glassworks™ ‘Big Blonde’ possibly from Monrovia. One website said the originator was Ecke, which would possibly be the Ecke Ranch… SO, I am just not sure.

Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ on 5-26-12, #94-6.

No matter where it came from, who trademarked the name, or who the originator was, this is one of the many great Coleus cultivars available.

Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ on 6-2-12, #95-22.

Growing to a height and spread of around 36”, Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ will make a dramatic display in your bed or container.

Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ on 7-3-12, #107-40.

The bright chartreuse leaves and maroon stems of Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ make a bright addition to the garden.

A butterfly on a leaf of the Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ on 7-13-12, #110-13.

I saw this moth one morning and thought it would make a good photo.

Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ on 8-12-12, #115-36.

I had to borrow a friend’s camera for a while and his brightness settings were not set correctly. I didn’t know that until after I took MANY photos…

Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ cuttings overwintering in the west sunroom of the mansion on 11-27-12, #134-4.

I took cuttings of several of the Coleus I grew in 2012 so I could overwinter them for 2013. Unfortunately, I sold the mansion and moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri and left the cuttings with a friend. I have not found any Coleus ‘Big Blonde’ at any of the local greenhouses or garden centers since.

If you haven’t tried growing the Coleus ‘Big Blonde’, I suggest you give it a try. I think you will really like it. I have not seen this plant available locally.

You can read my Coleus scutellarioides page by clicking HERE for more information and a list of all the Coleus I have grown.

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