Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’

My Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ cutting on 4-25-10, #52-2.

Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’
Plectranthus scutellarioides
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Solenostemon scutellarioides
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A friend of mine gave me a cutting of this AWESOME Coleus in the spring of 2010. It became one of my favorite Coleus.

Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ is an upright grower to around 15”24” tall x 16” wide. I grew mine in where it received a good amount of sun until around noon.

Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ on 9-15-10, #59-20.

There isn’t much online about the Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’. Dave’s Garden says next to “Additional cultivar information: aka Sunlover Rustic Orange”. I looked up information on the Sunlover Series. The series was introduced in 1993 that stemmed from research at the USDA facilities somewhere in the south. Some of the Coleus cultivars were released through trials at the University of Georga (Athens) and were introduced under the name Athens Select series, including Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’. It is said they perform really well in full sun, but most information about C. ‘Rustic Orange’ say it needs part sun to full shade. The truth is, there are many Coleus varieties that grow well in full sun.


Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ cutting on 6-2-12, #95-23.

One website indicated that Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ is a Proven Winner’s Selection. It may have been at one time, but it currently is not. Another website said that Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ is also marketed under the name ‘Klondike’.


Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ on 9-24-12, #119-16.

Regardless of all the Coleus cultivars that come and go as new ones are introduced every year, Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ remains one of the best I grew. There are a few Coleus specialists that offer almost every Coleus cultivar ever grown. Rosy Dawn Gardens is one of them.

Hopefully someday Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ and I will meet again. I may have to buy one online…

If you have any comments or questions about Coleus ‘Rustic Orange’ I would love to hear from you.

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