Coleus scutellarioides ‘India Frills’

Coleus ‘India Frills’ on 5-21-15, #260-8.

Coleus ‘India Frills’

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.


Cute little ducksfoot leaves of Coleus ‘India Frills’ on 6-3-15, #265-10.

I brought this neat ducksfoot-leaved Coleus home in 2015. I grew a different ducksfoot Coleus several years earlier when I lived in Mississippi but never figured out the name (someone gave me a cutting).

According to information on the internet, and there wasn’t much, Coleus ‘India Frills’ is a trailing cultivar that grows only 6-12” tall and can make a great hanging basket plant.

Coleus ‘India Frills’ on 6-14-15, #268-18.

Information on the Glasshouse Works website says this plant was given to them by H. Hansoti from Calcutta in the 1970’s.

Coleus ‘India Frills’ on 6-27-15, #270-16.

After I bought my Coleus ‘India Frills’ home I repotted it into a much larger pot. It responded and grew nicely into a good-sized plant. It was on a plant table next to the shed where it received filtered sun (through an old elm tree) and a good amount of afternoon sun. It continued performing very well even when temps rose in the mid to upper 90’s during the summer.

Coleus ‘India Frills’ on 7-12-15, #271-14.

Still looking very good in July 2015.

Coleus ‘India Frills’ on 10-3-15, #272-10.

The above photo was taken on October 3, 2015, and as you can see it was relocated to one of the tables behind the shed. By now, the Coleus are showing signs of aging (LOL) as they seem to do as day length decreases and the night time temps start dropping. We hadn’t had a frost yet but I knew it was coming soon. I could feel it in the air and the nights were getting cooler. I had already taken most of the plants I keep inside through the winter to the house. I don’t have a really good place to overwinter cuttings here in Missouri like I did in Mississippi, so the Coleus are just treated as annuals.

I give the Coleus ‘India Frills’ high ratings for leaf type, color, growth, sturdiness, ease of growing, low maintenance, etc. It is 2017 when I am writing this page, so I don’t remember if it flowered. Just by looking at the photos, it doesn’t appear any of the stems show any signs of flowers or of flowers being pinched off.

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

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know. Of course, you can always send me an email at



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