Dog Gone, Nasty Skunk, Dog-B-Gone, Scaredy Cat, Dog Be Gone, Dogbane, Pee Off, and a patented name (similar word for Pee)-Off Plant, and Dog Bane were just some of the names I found for the plant I purchased to make up one of the four, so that I could get four herb plants for $16AU.
Which ever way you look at it, cats and dogs are not welcome. However, I have read, that it is not 100% . But if the 99% works on some of the dogs around here, it may just be worth planting with the lavender and rosemary on the side verge.
The scent of the crushed leaves is pungent, but I don’t think unpleasant. H said the scent reminded him of the sea or walking amongst the sand dunes.
“Fleshy leaves with a distinctive aroma, said to repel dogs (& some people!)” says Highland Way Herbs.
Herb Robert says; “Not all dogs are affected by this plant, but it has been shown to be effective with most.”
I tend to agree with Ginny’s Herbs; “It has a smell you either like or hate, which is said to repel dogs. The flower is purple, not unlike a lavender flower, most attractive.”
Montburg Gardens in Victoria, Australia has Coleus Cannis listed in its “Plants extensively drought tolerant”, which is the most compelling reason for me to include it the side verge planting
The specimen that I got for my $4 looks to have been a prized possession of the nursery as it is root bound and the top soil is covered with moss. But I think I may be able to propagate another dozen plants immediately, which if I do, it will have been a good buy.