Nepeta cataria

Almanac Planting Co Catnip (Nepeta cataria) in the beginning stages of flowering.


Uses: Herb: can be used fresh or dried. May also be used for landscaping and as an indoor or outdoor potted plant. 

Benefits: Excites cats. Attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Zones: 3-9

Sun: Full Sun

Life Cycle: Perennial

Mature Height: 30"

Mature Width: 6"+ 

Bloom Season: Early to Late Summer


A herbaceous perennial and member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), Catnip is famous for its intoxicating effects on felines.

Your cat won't be able to resist the allure of Catnip! Whether they're licking, chewing, or rolling in it they'll be in a state of feline bliss!

Also great for training! Trim often and rub on scratching posts to keep kitty from scratching furniture, sprinkle on a new cat bed to make it more attractive or sprinkle in an old sock and knot the top to make a playful toy.


Catnip Plant Care

Give full sun.

Attempt to keep soil slightly moist but not wet, especially during periods of intense heat. 

Do not expose to temperatures below freezing for prolonged periods of time. 

Do not expose to frost. 

Does best in temperatures between 55¬įF and 85¬įF.


Size of Catnip for Sale Online

The Catnip that we sell online will ship in a greenhouse grade grow pot. Each plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. Please contact us with any specific questions.

Size of Catnip When Fully Grown

Catnip is known to grow up to 30" in height. If potted its width will be determined by its pot. Outdoor catnip plants will grow wider every year if planted in an appropriate zone. 

Additional Information

Common Names of Nepeta cataria

  • Catnip

  • Catmint

  • Catswort

Toxicity and Risks of Catnip

Catnip is generally regarded as safe and non-toxic for pets and people. Humans that consume large amounts of catnip either by smoking it, eating it, or drinking it (Catnip Tea) may experience headaches, vomiting, and a feeling of being ill.

Almanac Planting Co Catnip (Nepeta cataria) in full flower. There are purple blooms covering the plants.

*This plant is a part of our Archived Plant Collection. Although no longer for sale on our online store, we keep pages like this on our site for the informational benefit of others. Please contact us if you're interested in purchasing large quantities of this plant, as we may be able to specially source and deliver plants for you.