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A picture of a Scaredy Cat Plant

Scaredy Cat Plant

Coleus caninus

Photo by Valentin123 (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Scaredy Cat Plant Overview

This plant has greyish-green leaves and small pale flowers. They grow best when in full sunlight and are great in hot weather as they're drought tolerant. They give off a scent that cats, dogs, rabbits and foxes do not like, which is where it gets it's name "scaredy cat". Previously known as Plectranthus caninus, this plant has recently been re-classified as being part of the Coleus genus and their name change was announced by NATAG (RHS Nomenclature and Taxonomy Advisory Group) in the March 2021 edition of The Plant Review.

Special features of Scaredy Cat Plant

Drought resistant


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