Plectranthus caninus

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Plectranthus caninus
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Plectranthus (coleus) caninus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Plectranthus
Species: P. caninus
Binomial name
Plectranthus caninus
Roth.
Synonyms

Coleus caninus
Coleus canina

Plectranthus caninus is a herb in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to east Africa and southern Asia. Under the name "Coleus canina", it is sold and marketed as a natural repellent to cats and dogs (labeled as "Scaredy Cat Plant" and "Piss-off plant"), though no research currently exists that supports that usage. These plants root easily from cuttings or from just touching the ground. They like full sun.

Both the leaves and flowers of the plant are sticky to the touch, and have a mild odour not unlike that of marijuana.

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Plectranthus caninus 'The Scaredy Cat Plant'