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 11-29-21.
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 11-29-21 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.
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I acquired my Coleus ‘Redhead’ as a cutting from, um… Rather not say because I didn’t actually have permission. Also, propagation is prohibited. 🙂
I am not 100% sure of the origin of this plant, perhaps Ball Horticultural. This plant was patented under the name ‘UF0646 (PP21,585). According to Ball, this is the truest red in the Ball FloraPlant collection.
The Ball Horticultural website, as well as others, states Coleus ‘Redhead’ has a mounded, upright growth habit. It will grow to around 18-36” tall x 16-28” wide.
Coleus ‘Redhead’ performs well in sun or shade but will require more frequent watering in more sun.
They are a low-maintenance Coleus that flower very late if at all. That means they can branch on their own without pinching. However, for bushier plants, you may need to pinch a couple of times.
I did not have much time for my plants in the latter part of the summer of 2015, so my Coleus ‘Redhead’ grew a little weird… It seemed to perform well even as the temps started dropping and day length was decreasing when other Coleus started declining.
Coleus ‘Redhead’ was awarded Best Coleus at the Cornell Flora Trials in 2016 (?).
I give my Coleus ‘Redhead’ a five gold star rating for growth, heat tolerance, ease of maintenance, etc. Even though my plants were neglected for a time, most of them did fine without any problem.
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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PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
GARDENING KNOW HOW