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Nepeta cataria


Catnip is probably best known for its psychoactive effects on felines. Cats enjoy rubbing and chewing on catnip leaves. This aromatic plant grows spires of lavender purple flowers. Works well in a sunny garden, the leaves dry well to be used in potpourri to put in cat toys.

Use to draw cats away from plants you don't want them near by planting Nepeta where you don't mind the animal.

  • »  Fragrant, heart-shaped foliage with white or lavender flowers.
  • »  Evokes an enthusiastic reaction from most cats.
  • »  A perennial herb

Ball Horticulture
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Partial Sun
Full Sun
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Dry Soil
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Nepeta cataria

Plant in average, sandy, well-drained soil. Gather the leaves and tips in late summer when plant is in full bloom. Perennial in mild climates.