Catnip

Some kitties love to cuddle up with a catnip plant.

Catnip

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(Nepeta cataria)
  • Type: Perennial in zones 4 to 10
  • Planting time: Spring
  • Features: Aromatic leaves are a favorite among cats
  • Light: Sun to part shade
  • Soil: Well drained
  • Spacing: 18 to 24 inches
  • Plant Size: 18 to 36 inches tall, 1 foot wide
  • Garden use: Containers, herb and flower beds
  • Culinary use: Fresh for cats and dried for cat sachets; also good in herbal tea

Plant catnip for your favorite feline. This member of the mint family evokes an enthusiastic reaction from most cats. They go wild for it, rolling around and purring and rubbing against the plant. However, it has no scent for humans. A hardy plant that looks similar to mint, it is very easy to grow. In summer, catnip will produce clusters of white flowers accented with purple dots. The leaves are used for teas, but catnip is mostly known for the dramatic effect its scent has on cats.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

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