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Catnip
Scientific Name: Nepeta cataria L.
Synonym:
Family: Lamiaceae
Catnip (Nepeta  cataria) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-24, 30, 32-43
USDA: 6-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Eastern mediterranean

Growth Habits: Perennial up to 3 feet high (90 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, well drained soil

Propagation: Seeds, division in spring, cuttings in summer


The genus Nepeta has over 200 species. Nepeta cataria, the catnip is famous for its effect on cats. The smell of Catnip, makes cats euphoric, they like sniffing, and playing with it. The plant has a strong smell of mint. It can be used to make a soothing tea for humans.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 113. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society

Cultural Practices:
Catnips like well drained sandy soil. Average soil is better, since too rich a soil tends to produce soft growth that tips over easily. Cut the spent flowers to push the plant to produce more.

Blooming Habits:
White or lavender flower spikes in early summer.

Fruiting Habits:


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