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Almanac Planting Co Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip

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Nepeta cataria

Overview

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

Summary

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.

Care

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°F and 85°F.

Size

Size of Catnip That You Ship

We ship our Catnip in 4" grow pots. There are approximately 4 plants per 4" grow pot.

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.