Nepeta cataria

Zone: 3 - 9
Height: 18-36"

General: Vigorous upright mound of dark green aromatic leaves and stems of blue flowers. Induces euphoria in cats. Catnip is easy to grow and tolerant of most soil types, provided ample moisture and sunlight.

Medicinal Uses: The effect on cats - The cats roll in the catnip, rub their face, and eventually eat it. The oil from catnip leaves contains a chemical called trans-neptalactone, which closely resembles a substance present in a female cat's urine. Effect on humans - Has mild sedative properties and is used to make a relaxing and soothing tea. Because it is relaxing (antispasmodic) it is also used for digestive upsets where the main cause is tension. It is also helpful in soothing headache pain and menstrual pain.

Ornamental Uses: It resembles a typical mint family member with a square stem but this plant has brown-green foliage. The coarse-toothed leaves are triangular to ovate. The small flowers can be white and finely spotted with pale purple or pink. They are showy and fragrant.

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