Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’
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 ‘Kong® Scarlet’ was my first of the series. I purchased my plant from Lowe’s in Greenville, Mississippi in 2009 while living at the mansion in Leland.
Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ grows to a height of around 18-20 inches and a width of around 15-18”. They require part to full shade and too much sun can burn their leaves.
Believe me, Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ is a strong and sturdy grower and you can take cuttings and spread them around…
When cooler temps started coming, I dug up a couple of the Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ plants and put them in pots to overwinter in the sunroom. On warmer days I would put my plants on the front porch. It was 40′ long so it held a lot of plants. This plant was 16″ tall when this photo was taken on 12-18-09.
I made a new bed close to the entry of the den in the backyard in 2010. It received an ample amount of morning sun and was shaded by the Ligustrum and Magnolia tree (and the mansion) in the afternoon.
I managed to overwinter my Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ with cuttings and plants over two winters but they didn’t make it over the 2011-2012 winter. I learned a lot about overwintering Coleus and found out that taking cuttings is the best way to go. If you are lucky you can save plants, but larger plants brought inside can develop blackleg which will eventually kill them.
Kong® is a registered trademark of the Ball Horticultural Company. Coleus ˜Kong® Scarlet’ was patented under the name ‘Kakegawa CE13’ US PVP200500016.
Overall, I give the Coleus ‘Kong® Scarlet’ a five gold star rating for performance. heat tolerance, strong and sturdy growth, maintenance, color, etc. Everything you would want from a 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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