Catmint (Nepeta cataria)

Catmint (Nepeta)

  • Category: Groundcover, herbs, perennial
  • Height: 12-18 inches (30-45 cm)
  • Spacing: 15-18 inches (38-45 cm)
  • Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Bloom Color: Medium blue
  • Bloom Time: Late summer to early fall (blooms repeatedly)
  • Propagation: Divide the rootball
  • Seeding: Does not seed

Catmint (Nepeta cataria) lives up to its name: For you cat lovers, it’s commonly known as “catnip”. Cats love to nip and munch on this wonderfully fragrant plant for its euphoric effect (I recently had to enroll my cat in narcotics anonymous. LOL); it has an opposite effect on humans where it tends to act as a sedative. This plant is also attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Its great for xeriscaping because of it’s drought-tolerant nature and is extremely hardy. Oil extracted from the plant is used as a repellent against insects, i.e., mosquitoes, cockroaches, and termites (and is purported to be more effective than DEET).

(I’d show you a picture with its lovely blue blossoms, but my dern dogs trampled mine over before it bloomed. Sniff.)

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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