Coleus ‘Henna’/’Balcenna’

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

Coleus ‘Henna’/’Balcenna’
Plectranthus scutellarioides
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Solenostemon scutellarioides
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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.

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.

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 a 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.

If you have any questions or comments about this Coleus, I would love to hear them.