Catnip

Nepeta cataria

[nepeta_cataria]

Catnip was familiar to American colonists as a medicinal plant, used in baths or tea, or applied directly to the skin. Although Eurasian in origin, Catnip naturalized quickly, and was reported escaped in New England in 1670, and in Virginia by 1739. Seeds for this perennial were available from many American seedsmen by 1820.
The soft, gray, heart-shaped foliage of this hardy, herbaceous perennial is strongly aromatic and attractive to cats. Catnip produces small white flowers in midsummer, and grows to two feet with a similar spread.

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): White Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2002: Jun 14 – Aug 302003: Jul 4 – Aug 22004: Jun 24 – Jul 192006: Jun 1 – Sep 12007: Jun 14 – Jul 62008: May 16 – Jun 242008: Jul 25 – Aug 82009: Jun 19 – Sep 12010: Aug 31 – Dec 12013: Jun 10 – Aug 212014: Jul 17 – current