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Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Perennial. The herb that drives cats wild is also medicinal; used in a tasty herbal tea for colds and flu. Vigorous plant.


Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in dry soils and is very tolerant of drought. Site plants in full sun in northern areas. Plants are somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South where they generally appreciate some afternoon shade. Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom. Easily propagated by division of established plants. Wet soils in winter can be fatal. Easily grown from seed. Plants will self-seed in the garden, often profusely.


Zone: 3 to 7

Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet

Bloom Time: May to September

Bloom Description: White with pale purple spotting

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Suggested Use: Herb, Naturalize

Flower: Showy, Fragrant

Leaf: Fragrant

Attracts: Butterflies

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution


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