Is Coleus Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Coleus

The Coleus is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include anorexia, bloody diarrhea, body tremor, depression, skin redness, and vomiting.

The term “coleus” is often used as a common name for species formerly placed in the genus Coleus that are cultivated as ornamental plants, particularly Coleus blumei, which is popular as a garden plant for its brightly colored foliage. In recent classifications, Coleus is no longer recognized as a genus of the family Lamiaceae, and are instead placed in the genera Plectranthus and Solenostemon. Coleus is regarded as a synonym of Plectranthus. This plant prefers bright, but indirect sunlight. If direct sunlight touches the plants leaves, the colors become less brightly colored. A greenhouse environment is a good choice for Coleus blumei.

The scientific name for this plant is Coleus ampoinicus. Additional names for this plant include Bread And Butter Plant, Country Boarage, Cuban Oregano, East Indian Thyme, Indian Borage, Spanish Oregano, Spanish Thyme, and Stinging Thyme.

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