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Catmint

Nepeta cataria

Catnip

About This Plant

Partial shade or sun. Nearly evergreen. There are many cultivars. Nepeta cataria is the classic catnip; Faasen’s catmint (Nepeta x fasseenii) is a Dutch hybrid that has bloomed all summer long, even in the Texas plains — making it a favorite for not only cats but butterflies as well. Chemical attractants in the stems and leaves keep cats excited and (hopefully) too distracted to use the landscape as a potty.

Origins: Asia and southern Europe; widely naturalized in North America.

Maintenance

None required. Can be cut back as needed in cold weather. May reseed into garden beds if watered.

Catmint MAY prevent neighborhood cats from using your garden bed as a litter box.

Min. Height: 1'

Max Height: 2 feet'

Min. Width: 2'

Max Width: 3 feet'

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