Catnep, Catnip, Catwort, Field Balm
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Nepeta cataria is also known as catnip or catmint, it is a bushy spreading perennial with grey-green foliage and white flowers with purple, mauve or pink spots. Cats find the plant irresistible, as the name suggests, cats are attracted to the plant and will often eat the leaves or roll in the plants. Most of the plant is edible and can be used in soups or sauces or brewed into a tea.
Harvest leaves to make an insect repelling spray or use freshly cut leaves as a mulch between rows of vegetables.
Take 10-15cm long cuttings and remove the leaves from the bottom half . Root in water or directly in soil.
Attracts useful insects
Repels harmful insects
Europe, Middle East and China.
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Herbal teas or herbal sigaretts.
White with purple, pink or mauve spots.
Some butterfly larvae feast on the leaves. Too wet conditions can lead to powdery mildew or rotting.
Tomatoes, brassicas, cereals