General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 inches to 18 inches (20-30 cm)
Plant Spread: 12 inches to 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Green to gray-green heart shaped leaves appear opposite along the stems.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: while not toxic to cats, too much of the fresh plant will cause a overstimulated nervous system, hurting the cat
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of Catnip (Nepeta cataria).

Common names
  • Catnip
  • Catmint
  • Catwort
  • Field Balm

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Uploaded by Hemlady
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-04-11
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-04-11
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2017-06-05
#Pollination - The honey bees are loving these blooms!
Location: N. Illinois, zone 5b
Date: 6 April 2014
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-09-20
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-04-30
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2013-08-08
Location: Brownstown PA 17508
Date: 2020-05-25
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-06-20
Location: My Garden in Kalama, Wa
Date: 2016-05-03
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-08-25
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-04-30
close up of leaf with backside of leaf in background

Date: 2012-12-01

Date: 2012-12-01

Date: 2005-07-25
Photo by Andrea Moro
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2012
Catnip seedling started from seed. 2012

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-09-02
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-04-13
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Date: 2012-05-22

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2020-04-18
Location: Garfield, WA
Date: 2011-04-18
Wild catnip leaves in a sunny location.

Date: 2016-01-28

Date: 2012-12-01
Location: IL
Date: 2015-05-15
Location: N. Illinois, zone 5b
Date: 22 May 2014
Not safe outside its chicken wire. :)

Credit NPS
Uploaded by keithp2012
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 7/28/2011
Catnip in bloom

Date: 2006-09-08

Photo by Andrea Moro
Location: La Crescenta, CA
Date: 2017-07-02
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5
Date: 2011-09-30
Location: My garden in N E Pa.

Date: 2013-05-01

Date: 2013-05-01

Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.

Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2006-07-27
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-09-30
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2014-03-23
Catnip start growing in a vertical garden container. Will be inte
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: 2009   summer
Nepeta cataria     many blooms
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  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 27, 2011 5:49 AM concerning plant:
    Nepetalactone, the oil in Catnip, is a mosquito, fly, roach, and termite repellant. This perennial plant also has a history as a medicinal herb. The natural oil within the leaves has been proven to be ten times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.

  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Mar 3, 2013 9:04 PM concerning plant:
    Can be very invasive. Be careful about where you decide to plant it if you don't want it to get out of control.
  • Posted by LindaTX8 (Medina Co., TX - Zone 8a) on Nov 28, 2011 11:39 AM concerning plant:
    Well...this species is a favorite of cats! They love it fresh or dry! Plants must be protected or the cats will 'love it to death'!
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carlysuko On April 30, 2018 Obtained plant
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