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The scaredy cat plant, or Coleus canina, is a member of the mint family.  It has proven itself as an effective method of keeping dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals away from vegetable gardens, flower beds, landscape areas, sandboxes and play areas.  They pungent smell of the plant smells like a skunk when brushed up against.  We call it the skunk plant.  The attractive blooms of this plant attract butterflies and bees. 

Space them in the open landscape two to three feet apart (a metre or less) around areas to be protected.  

Coleus Scardy Cat

  • Height: 16-24" 

    Spread: 20-24" 

    Exposure: Shade, Sun