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Catnip

Nepeta cataria

Also known as

Catmint, Kattekruid (Afr.)

Catnip flowers by D. Gordon E. Robertson (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

20cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Catnip Overview

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.

Common problems with Catnip

Some butterfly larvae feast on the leaves. Too wet conditions can lead to powdery mildew or rotting.

Catnip Companion Plants

Tomatoes, brassicas, cereals

How to harvest Catnip

Harvest leaves to make an insect repelling spray or use freshly cut leaves as a mulch between rows of vegetables.

How to propagate Catnip

Cuttings

Take 10-15cm long cuttings and remove the leaves from the bottom half . Root in water or directly in soil.

Division

You can propagate by division in spring.

Seed

Special features of Catnip

Attracts useful insects

Including butterflies.

Repels harmful insects

It repels mosquitoes and flies.

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

White with purple, pink or mauve spots.

Other uses of Catnip

Insect repellant

Medicinal

Herbal teas or herbal sigaretts.

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