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
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).

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Common names
  • Catnip
  • Catmint
  • Catwort
  • Field Balm

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Comments:
  • 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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