This beautifully winter flowering plant is said to repel dogs and cats. It is commonly known as Dogbane (Plectranthus caninus) and is sometimes referred to as Scaredy Cat, Piss-off Plant, or the Mozzie bush. We grow it predominantly for its stunning blue-purple flowers which occur intermittently throughout the year, they are especially pretty. At Booyong, you will find Dogbane in the Herb Spiral.
Growing – Dogbane is a dome shaped spreading shrub and grows remarkably like a mint plant. It can grow 1 metre wide and 60cm high in full sun to part shade. It grows best in a warm area out of the wind and protected from frost and can tolerate a variety of soil conditions, preferring a fertile well drained soil.
Care – This herb requires little care and once established this plant is drought tolerant and native flora and fauna won’t eat it which is always a bonus. When the leaves are crushed it has a strong aroma.
Pruning – As required to keep it compact and tidy.
Companion Planting – Dogbane is a general companion plant for fruiting trees and vegetables. It is said to deter cats, dogs, and bandicoots. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims and we are yet to notice it deters any animals.
Pests and Diseases – Apparently, used as a tea this plant can be sprayed as a repellent spray for aphids.
Harvest – Not required.
Propagation – This herb can easily be propagated from cuttings.
Health Benefits – It has apparently long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine; however this site is for information only and we would recommend seeking professional advice before use as a medicine.
Eating – Dogbane is not edible.