Coleus ‘Bonnie Gold’
Coleus scutellarioides (L.) Benth. is the correct and accepted scientific of 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.
Plants of the World Online by Kew listed 62 synonyms of Coleus scutellarioides when this page was last updated on 11-28-21.
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 11-28-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 299 species in the Coleus genus. It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 233 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
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I bought my Coleus ‘Bonnie Gold’ in the spring of 2015. I didn’t find out much about this cultivar on the internet so I didn’t find out who the originator was. At first, it somewhat resembled the Coleus ‘Electric Lime’ with maroon spots.
This one has an upright growing habit and is said to grow 16-24” tall.
Carefree and very NICE!
The Coleus ‘Bonnie Gold’ doing very good! This Coleus was growing on one of my plant tables next to a shed where it received morning shade and afternoon sun. SO, I can easily say this plant is sun and heat tolerant as long as you keep it well watered and don’t allow the soil to completely dry out.
As the season progressed and was coming toward the end, the leaves grew more colorful with more maroon coloring, almost looking like a different plant altogether.
Overall, I give Coleus ‘Bonnie Gold’ high ratings for its performance and color. I don’t think it flowered, as some of the newer hybrids don’t, which is also a plus.
If you like the Coleus you have grown and want it again for the next year, you should consider taking cuttings. New cultivars come out every spring and many times your favorites from before can’t be found.
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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