Nepeta cataria

Common Names: Catnip, catswort, catmint
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Mint family

The names catnip and catmint are derived from the intense attraction most cats have towards them. A short-lived perennial, herbaceous plant that grows to be 50 to 100 cm tall and wide. In appearance, N. cataria resembles a typical member of the mint family of plants, featuring brown-green foliage with the characteristic square stem of the Lamiaceae family of plants. The coarse-toothed leaves are triangular to elliptical in shape. The small, bilabiate flowers are showy and fragrant, and are either pink in color or white with fine spots of pale purple.

Most commonly found in Connecticut in herb gardens or as an ornamental plant. Blooms from late-spring to the autumn.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: Can be dried and consumed as a tea. May have a sedative, hypnotic or tonic effect on humans.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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