Nepeta cataria


No cat-lover should be without some form of Nepeta in the garden. Cats love to smell, eat, and flop down on top of the Catnip and Catmint varieties, so protect plants with wire cages or a teepee of stakes. Dried leaves can be used as feline treats or as tea. Members of the Mint family, Nepetas are hardy spreaders that make good ground covers. All have gray green foliage and small flowers of white, purple, or yellow. Plants prefer full sun and can tolerate infrequent watering. Find them in the herb or perennial section of your nursery.
Nepeta cataria, Catnip
Not a showy plant, its foliage is plain and its white flowers are small. Lemon minty scent of crushed leaves delights cats.

Attributes - Nepeta cataria

Plant Type: Herb

Bloom Season: Late Spring

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 1 ft. to 3 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Fragrant, Low Maintenance.

Related Plants

Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant', Nepeta mussinii 'Blue Wonder'
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