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Zones: 3-9
Exposure: Full to Part Sun
Mature Size: 18-36" H x 12-18" S
Bloom: White, Mid Late Summer
Pot Size: 3.25”
Availability: IN STOCK

Minimum Order - ANY TWO plants

Product Features

  • Medicinal
  • Deer Resistant
  • Aroma
  • Pollinator
  • Indoor
  • Catnip Plants

    Nepeta cataria

    If your cat was into herb gardening, Catnipwould be on his or her list of 'must have' herb plants.

    Catnip is a vigorous, high yielding plant that your kitty will love! Tolerant of drought and less than ideal soil, it produces purplish-white flowers. Catnip loves full sun and the leaves and flowers of this perennial can also be used as a medicinal herb, as a gentle antispasmodic and very mild sedative.

    Cats Love Our Healthy Catnip!

    Catnip contains an active ingredient called Nepetalactone which affects between 10 and 30% of most cats' olfactory senses giving the cat a psycho-sexual high. Catnip is non toxic and typical behavior may include licking, rolling, drooling and chasing. Reactions to this herb may vary in cats as this is a hereditary behavior and may also have no influence on senior or very young cats. We also grow Lemon Catnip which has an aromatic lemony fragrance!

    Also a very potent mosquito and pest repelling herb, Catnip has a variety of wonderful uses from companion planting to even acting as an effective meat tenderizer! The Nepetalactone in Catnip has also been proven by The American Chemical Society to be ten times more effective than the commercial chemical, DEET, in repelling mosquitoes. Read Briscoe's Tips for more information on growing and using this wonderful herb plant.

  • Nepeta cataria

    Characteristics: If you love cats and watching their antics, we recommend planting catnip in your garden. Your cat will love rolling around in its fragrant foliage. It is a high-yielding, very easy plant to grow.

    Light: Catnip enjoys full sun to optimize its growth.

    Water: Water when dry to the touch. Catnip likes moist, but not wet, soil.

    Soil: Catnip likes well-drained soil, and is very tolerant of less-than-ideal soil quality.

    Use: Give your favorite cat a treat he will love! You can dry your Catnip and freeze it in containers to keep it preserved for use all year. If using this wonderful natural repellent for mosquitoes, rub the fresh leaves on your clothing or skin and they'll stay away.

    Catnip is a potent natural pest repellent against mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches, termites, fleas and Japanese beetles, as well as mice, rats and weevils. The American Chemical Society found Catnip to be ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than the commercial chemical DEET, which is found in most brand name insect sprays.

    As potent at repelling unwanted insects and pests, its beautiful blooms are a magnet for attracting butterflies and honeybees. Also a beneficial companion plant when planted near gourds and beets, Catnip is a vigorous grower that will also do well in containers, or as a border plant, to keep your kitties on the outside of your garden.

  • How Does Catnip Work?



    Because there really isn't any scent that causes this sort of reaction in humans, catnip is hard for us to understand. However, it is not an uncommon behavior in animals that rely heavily on their noses. For example, there are many scents that will trigger intense hunting behavior in dogs, and other scents will cause dogs to stop in their tracks and roll all over the scent.




    Although no one knows exactly what happens in the cat's brain, it is known that the chemical Nepetalactone in catnip triggers the response. Apparently, it somehow kicks off a stereotypical pattern in cats that are sensitive to the chemical. The catnip reaction is inherited, and some cats are totally unaffected by it. Large cats like tigers can be sensitive to it as well.


    The reaction to catnip only lasts a few minutes. Then the cat acclimates to it, and it can take an hour or two away from catnip for the cat to "reset." Then, the same reaction can occur again. Very young kittens and older cats seem less likely to have a reaction to catnip.


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