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Nepeta cataria/Catnip

Nepeta cataria / Nepeta cataria
Foliage of young catnip for sale at a nursery
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Foliage of young catnip for sale at a nursery

Typical leaf shape for catnip plant

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Scientific Name: Nepeta cataria
Common Name: Catnip
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Flower color: White, Purple
Fruit present: Summer
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Herb
Comments: tall herb resembling mint in appearance, with greyish-green leaves which can not grow in the shade, but will grow in fairly alkaline soils. It has medicinal uses and is enjoyed in teas. Catnip can cause an amazing reactioon cats. They will rub it, roll over it, kick at it, and generally go nuts for several minutes. They quickly loose interest and walk away only to repeat the behavior after an hour or so.