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Catnip

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: 
Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Jun 14 to 2002 Aug 302003 Jul 4 to 2003 Aug 22004 Jun 24 to 2004 Jul 192006 Jun 1 to 2006 Sep 12007 Jun 14 to 2007 Jul 62008 May 16 to 2008 Jun 242008 Jul 25 to 2008 Aug 82009 Jun 19 to 2009 Sep 12010 Aug 31 to 2010 Dec 12013 Jun 10 to 2013 Aug 212014 Jul 17 to 2014 Jul 30
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