Scat, Scaredy cat, Scaredy plant, Cat repellant plant, Dogs be gone coleus, Coleus canina, Piss-off plant, Coleus spicatus, Dogbane
P. caninus – P. caninus is a tender, mat-forming, stem-rooting, evergreen perennial, typically grown as an annual, with whorled, unpleasantly aromatic, narrowly ovate to spoon-shaped, sparsely-toothed, wrinkled, light green leaves and upright stems bearing racemes of whorled, tubular, violet-blue flowers in summer.
Mat Forming, Erect flower stem
All parts are poisonous if ingested. Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction. Pollen may cause allergic reaction.
Violet in Spring; Violet in Summer
Grey-green in All seasons
HOW TO CARE
Watch out for
Pinch out growing tips to create a bushier, more compact habit.
Stem tip cuttings root easily.
Seed, Stem tip cuttings
WHERE TO GROW
Plectranthus caninus (Scat) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.9m after 1 year.
Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Greenhouse, Underplanting
Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed in well-drained soil in full sun. Treat as an annual or overwinter indoors. Reported to repel cats and rabbits in the garden.
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
South, East, West