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.
Growing – Dogbane is a dome shaped spreading shrub and grows remarkably similar to 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 but prefers a fertile well drained soil.
Care – When crushed the leaves have a strong aroma. Once established this plant is drought tolerant and native flora and fauna won’t eat it which is always a bonus. (Yes – Something we do not have to net).
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.
Pests and Diseases – Apparently, used as a tea this plant can be sprayed as a repellent spray for aphids.
Harvest – Not required.
Propagation – Easily 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.
Eating – Not edible.