Coleus ‘Indian Summer’/’Balcinsu’
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.
My Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ was given to me as a cutting in 2012 by the owner of Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi. It did very well, BUT, I didn’t take many photos. Several of the ones I did take were from a friend’s camera and I didn’t know the color settings weren’t set. SO, those photos are NOT blog quality.
Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ has an upright growing habit, up to 28 inches, and can grow up to 16 inches wide. The size and shape can depend on several things… Light, water, pinching, etc., which is all up to you.
The serrated leaves are a very colorful blend of light-medium green, chartreuse, yellow, burgundy, brown… depends a lot on the light they spend their days in and possibly the temperature. The color seemed to change a bit as the days grew shorter and the nights became cooler.
Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ is a very easy to maintain plant. They flower late, if at all, giving their energy to growth rather than flowering. If you start with a cutting, as I did, you will need to pinch at some point so they will branch out and make a nice looking, fuller plant. If you don’t pinch, they will get taller but you may not have any branches.
Apparently, the original name is ‘Balcinsu’ (PP19,180) although it is sold in the US as ‘Indian Summer’.
I give Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ high ratings for color, type, strong growth, ease of maintenance, etc. It is a very good all-around Coleus.
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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