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Nepeta cataria
Perennial: hardy in zones 3 to 9
Time to sow: Spring to Fall
Light conditions: Grows in full sun to partial shade
Uses: Medicinal, Beverage, Aromatic


Catnip is used as a tea for humans and is also loved by cats. Catnip is not harmful to cats and they won’t “overdose” on it or be harmed by it in any way. When cats smell the crushed leaves or stems of catnip, they may roll over it, paw at it, chew it, lick it, leap about, purr, and go nuts! It’s important to note that not all cats are effected by catnip.

For humans, catnip is a medicinal and safe herb. As a tea it induces a good night’s sleep, it helps treat stomach problems, relieve stress, stimulate appetite, is used as a remedy for colds, fevers, and much more. Catnip contains an active ingredient called nepetalactone, it is a very strong repellent to cockroaches and mosquitoes. Mice and rats are also reported to have a strong dislike for it. It’s a great herb to add to any garden and it is very easy to grow. Catnip is a perennial in zones 3 to 9 and requires very little maintenance.

Other Names for Catnip
Nepeta cataria is also known as catnip, catswort, or catmint.

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All New Square Foot Gardening.
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production….
The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It.

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