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Catmint is a genus of aromatic perennial herbs in the Lamiaceae family, commonly known as catmints or catnips.

Physical Description:

Leaves: Catmint plants typically have opposite, heart-shaped, or oval leaves that are often aromatic when crushed. The leaves are covered with fine hairs.

Stems: The stems are square, which is a characteristic feature of plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Flowers: The plants produce spikes of tubular flowers, usually in shades of blue, lavender, or white. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.


Cat Attraction: Many species of Nepeta, especially Nepeta cataria (Catnip), are known for their effect on cats. The scent of catnip can induce a temporary euphoric response in cats.

Ornamental: Catmint species are often grown for their ornamental value. They make excellent additions to gardens and landscapes, providing colorful flowers and a pleasant fragrance.

Medicinal: Some species of Nepeta have been used in traditional medicine for their potential medicinal properties, including as a mild sedative or for treating digestive issues.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained soil is preferred. Catmints can adapt to various soil types.

Watering: They generally prefer moderate watering and well-drained soil.

Sunlight: Most Nepeta species thrive in full sun to partial shade.

Hardiness: Nepeta plants are typically hardy and can be grown as perennials in various ., depending on the species.


Harvest leaves and flowers as needed for ornamental or medicinal purposes. Pruning spent flowers can encourage additional blooming.

Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)

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