Is coleus toxic to cats?
Coleus is toxic to cats. The toxic principles are volatile essential oils and an irritant sap which can cause gastrointestinal disturbances and mild dermatitis.
What is coleus?
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Scientific name: Solenostemon scutellarioides
- Variety: syn. Plectranthus scutellarioides
- Common names: Painted nettle, Flame nettle, Coleus, Indian borage, Bread and butter plant, Indian thyme, Country borage, East Indian thyme, Spanish thyme, Stinging thyme
- Toxic parts: All parts of the plant are toxic to cats
- Toxicity: Mild to moderate
- Toxic principle: Volatile essential oils (coleon O and diterpene coleonol) and irritant sap
Coleus is an annual or perennial shrub in the mint family and native to Southeast Asia and Africa consisting of 60 species.