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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.
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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: 
June 14, 2002 to August 30, 2002July 4, 2003 to August 2, 2003June 24, 2004 to July 19, 2004June 1, 2006 to September 1, 2006June 14, 2007 to July 6, 2007May 16, 2008 to June 24, 2008July 25, 2008 to August 8, 2008June 19, 2009 to September 1, 2009August 31, 2010 to December 1, 2010June 10, 2013 to August 21, 2013July 17, 2014 to July 30, 2014

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