Coleus scutellarioides ‘Henna’/’Balcenna’

My Coleus ‘Henna’ cutting from Pleasant Acres Nursery on 7-3-12, #107-44.

Coleus ‘Henna’/’Balcenna’ 

Coleus scutellarioides

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SYN.

Plectranthus scutellarioides

SYN.

Solenostemon scutellarioides

Synonyms of Coleus scutellarioides (60) (Updated on 2-12-21): Calchas acuminatus (Benth.) P.V.Heath, Calchas atropurpureus (Benth.) P.V.Heath, Calchas crispipilus (Merr.) P.V.Heath, Calchas scutellarioides (L.) P.V.Heath, Calchas scutellarioides var. angustifolia (Benth.) P.V.Heath, Calchas scutellarioides var. crispipilus (Merr.) P.V.Heath, Calchas scutellarioides var. limnophila (Benth.) P.V.Heath, Coleus acuminatus Benth., Coleus atropurpureus Benth., Coleus berkeleyi T.Moore, Coleus blancoi Benth., Coleus blumei Benth., Coleus crispipilus (Merr.) Merr., Coleus dixii T.Moore, Coleus formosanus Hayata, Coleus gaudichaudii Briq., Coleus gibbsiae S.Moore, Coleus gibsonii J.J.Veitch, Coleus grandifolius Blanco, Coleus grandifolius Benth., Coleus hybridus Cobeau, Coleus igolotorum Briq., Coleus ingratus (Blume) Benth., Coleus integrifolius Elmer, Coleus laciniatus (Blume) Benth., Coleus marshallii T.Moore, Coleus multiflorus Benth., Coleus pubescens Merr., Coleus pumilus Blanco, Coleus rehneltianus A.Berger, Coleus ruckeri T.Moore, Coleus saundersii T.Moore, Coleus savannicola K.Schum., Coleus scutellarioides var. angustifolius Benth., Coleus scutellarioides var. laxus Benth., Coleus scutellarioides var. limnophilus Benth., Coleus secundiflorus Benth., Coleus veitchii Dombrain, Coleus verschaffeltii Lem., Coleus zschokkei Merr., Germanea nudiflora Poir., Majana acuminata (Benth.) Kuntze, Majana blancoi (Benth.) Kuntze, Majana grandifolia (Benth.) Kuntze, Majana multiflora (Benth.) Kuntze, Majana pumila (Blanco) Kuntze, Majana scutellariodes (L.) Kuntze, Majana secundiflora (Benth.) Kuntze, Ocimum peltatum Schweigg. ex Schrank, Ocimum scutellarioides L., Perilla nankinensis Wender., Plectranthus aromaticus Roxb., Plectranthus blumei (Benth.) Launert, Plectranthus ingratus Blume, Plectranthus laciniatus Blume, Plectranthus nudiflorus (Poir.) Willd., Plectranthus scutellarioides Blume, Plectranthus scutellarioides (L.) R.Br., Solenostemon blumei (Benth.) M.Gómez, Solenostemon scutellarioides (L.) Codd

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.

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.

Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 241 species in the Coleus genus (as of 2-12-21 when I last updated this page) It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 236 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.

THERE ARE A FEW LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.

Coleus ‘Henna’ on 10-8-12, Photo # 120-3. I planted it in the flower bed close to the entry to the den in the backyard.

I was given a cutting of the Coleus ‘Henna’ while I was living at the mansion in Leland, Mississippi in 2012 by the owner of Pleasant Acres Nursery. It took off with no problem and turned out to be one of the best.

Information I found out on the internet states that it is from a breeder from Costa Rica and mentions the name Ramirez as the hybridizer (from Dave’s Garden). It was patented and introduced under the name ‘Balcenna’ in 2009 but is normally sold under the name ‘Henna’ (pp 19,149).

Coleus ‘Henna’ is a sturdy, upright grower to around 28”. Its serrated leaves are typically a combination of chartreuse and coppery burgundy color. The leaves kind of curl up revealing their burgundy undersides. That just adds to their interesting foliage.

The Better Homes and Gardens says the height is from 1 to 8 feet and width is 1-3’. GEEZ! Can you imagine an 8’ tall Coleus?

Coleus ‘Henna’ on 11-22-17, #130-7. I had taken a few cuttings and added them to the bed next to the west sunroom of the mansion.

In all, I would give Coleus ‘Henna’ a five gold star rating for color and performance! They do well in sun to part shade and the color does differ in different settings. I don’t think this Coleus ever flowered, which is an added bonus.

I will be glad when the Coleus selection locally gets better!

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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
PHYTOKEYS
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
GARDENING KNOW HOW