"Piss Off" plant", Coleus canina ?
cereoid at prodigy.net
Wed Feb 26 09:31:32 EST 2003
I did a search on "Coleus canina" and not only is the name consistently
misspelled but most of the information given is false and fantasy. The plant
is a well documented widespread weedy species not a hybrid created in
It is just the latest plant hoax being perpetrated by some unscrupulous
European dealers. The sad thing is that some American nurseries have fallen
for all the hype hook, line and sinker. They show themselves to be simply
naive and too lazy to do a little homework of their own. Apparently some
garden writers are no better. The shame of it all.
Vcoerulea <gwills at duesouth.net> wrote in message
news:umS6a.5$Je1.115666 at news1.atlantic.net...
> "Cereoid+10" <cereoid at prodigy.net> wrote in message
> news:J9d6a.313$zT.252 at newssvr16.news.prodigy.com...
> > Coleus caninus (Roth) Vatke (note spelling) is correctly named
> > caninus Roth.It is a weedy annual species widespread in eastern &
> > Africa and India. There is nothing at all new about the plant and it is
> > more a dog repellent than any other foul smelling plant. The allied
> > perennial Plectranthus neochilus Schlechter would be a better choice
> > the foliage smells like a skunk!!!
> > Marigolds would work just as well.
> > Dennis G. <degoos at telus.net> wrote in message
> > news:3e5936ff.5412743 at news.telus.net...
> > > Below is a quote from a garden forum on the web. I've lost the URL
> > !
> > >
> > > <quote>
> > > I just read today in "garden west" magazine that there's a new plant
> > developed
> > > in Germany that's a natural dog repellent. It's called "Piss Off"
> > coleus
> > > canina. Developed by Dieter Stegmeier in Germany. I'm not sure who
> > carry
> > > it in the States. </end quote>
> > >
> > > Has anyone information on the truth of the claims ?
> > >
> > > Dennis
> Cereoid: I agree with your assessment and commend your restraint.
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