Coleus ‘Redhead’

Coleus ‘Redhead’ on 6-3-15, #265-11.

Coleus ‘Redhead’
Plectranthus scutellarioides
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Solenostemon scutellarioides
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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, state Coleus ‘Redhead’ has a mounded, upright growth habit. It will grow to around 18-36” tall x 16-28” wide.


Coleus ‘Redhead’ on 6-27-15, #270-19.

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.


Coleus ‘Redhead’ on 10-3-15, #272-13.

I did not have much time for my plants in the later 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.

If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them.

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