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Catnip - NEPETA cataria

Catnip - NEPETA cataria

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NEPETA cataria, a delightful and versatile herb that brings joy to both cats and gardeners alike. Known for its aromatic foliage and attractive spikes of white to lavender-blue flowers, Catnip is a must-have addition to any garden or home. With its easy-going nature and myriad uses, this herb is a charming and functional asset for both feline friends and garden enthusiasts.

Irresistible to Cats: Catnip is renowned for its captivating effect on cats. The aromatic compounds in the foliage, particularly nepetalactone, induce a state of euphoria and playful behaviour in feline companions. Watching your cat interact with Catnip is a source of endless amusement and entertainment.

Fragrant Foliage: The grey-green, heart-shaped leaves of Catnip emit a distinctive and pleasant aroma when crushed. This aromatic quality not only adds sensory appeal to your garden but also makes Catnip a popular choice for herbal crafts and sachets.

Lovely Lavender-Blue Blooms: In addition to its cat-attracting qualities, Catnip produces spikes of petite, tubular flowers in shades of white to lavender-blue. These blooms add a touch of charm to your garden and attract beneficial pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

Easy-going and Low-maintenance: Catnip is a resilient and easy-to-grow herb, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. It thrives in well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade, requiring minimal care to flourish.

Versatile Uses: Beyond its appeal to feline friends, Catnip has practical applications for humans. The dried leaves can be used to make herbal teas, sachets, and even insect repellents. Catnip's versatility extends its charm to various aspects of garden and home life.

• Botanical Name: NEPETA cataria
• Mature Size: 24-36 inches in height, 18-24 inches in spread
• Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
• Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
• Soil Preferences: Well-drained, average soil
• Hardiness Zone: 3-9

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