Coleus ‘India Frills’

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

Coleus ‘India Frills’
Plectranthus scutellarioides
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Solenostemon scutellarioides
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I purchased this neat ducksfoot-leaved Coleus in 2015. I grew a different ducksfoot Coleus several years ago when I lived in Mississippi but never figured out the name (someone gave me a cutting).

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

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.

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