PlantsCatmints→Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Common names:
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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
Dry
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
Fragrant
Other: Green to gray-green heart shaped leaves appear opposite along the stems.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bi-Color
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
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

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By Hemlady
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Location: N. Illinois, zone 5bDate: 6 April 2014
By holity
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Location: My Garden in Kalama, WaDate: 2016-05-03
By Joy
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: 2012-05-22
By keyi
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Date: 2005-07-25Photo by Andrea Moro
By SongofJoy
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Date: 2012-12-01
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Date: 2012-12-01
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 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
By Joy
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 7/28/2011Catnip in bloom
By SongofJoy
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5Date: 2011-09-30
By chelle
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-07-27
By Joy
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Date: 2006-09-08
By SongofJoy
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Photo by Andrea Moro
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Date: 2012-12-01
By Paul2032
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Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
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Date: 2013-05-01
By Paul2032
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Date: 2013-05-01
By Paul2032
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Location: N. Illinois, zone 5bDate: 22 May 2014Not safe outside its chicken wire. :)
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By admin
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Location: ILDate: 2015-05-15
By molanic
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Location: La Crescenta, CADate: 2017-07-02
By JulieB
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 27, 2011 5:49 AM

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.



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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Mar 3, 2013 9:04 PM

Can be very invasive. Be careful about where you decide to plant it if you don't want it to get out of control.

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Posted by LindaTX8 (Medina Co., TX - Zone 8a) on Nov 28, 2011 11:39 AM

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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Fantastic Photo by Tree_climber Feb 19, 2014 8:26 AM 2
Growing Catnip in zone 3 (very cold winter) by imkkira3 Jun 26, 2021 8:12 PM 6
Please help identify herb... by GardenJohn Jun 17, 2021 9:20 PM 4
Bee friends and other garden guests 2020 by gardenfish Aug 19, 2021 9:35 AM 2,807
Need plant id please by misty1957 Oct 13, 2018 8:10 PM 5
Help please by Agoo Aug 9, 2018 10:54 PM 8
herb by crittergarden Jul 24, 2018 8:04 PM 6
Garden Herb by GartGardening Jun 15, 2018 12:47 PM 2
Catnip died by ThePlague May 26, 2018 6:04 AM 3
This lovely herb volunteered in my garden, what is it? by jolow999 Jul 29, 2017 4:06 PM 2
My cat ate all of this. by fifleman Apr 29, 2017 7:35 AM 16

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