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Catnip, Catmint (Nepeta cataria)

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

Seed head & seeds


Common name: Catnip, Catmint
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Nepeta
Species cataria

Plant Link: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/79/

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(Carole) Cleveland, TX(Zone 9a)

poppysue, I've noticed you and I seem to be growing a lot of the same things (smile). On the Catnip, to collect seeds, do I need to wait until the flowers dry on the plant? Or can I collect them fresh and hang them to dry to get the seeds?

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

Cajun, I'd wait until at least a few of the flowers have turned brown. I'm not sure if they'll continue to ripen after they're cut. I cut most on the flowers off and only leave a few to collect seeds from. It re-seeds like wildfire if you let the whole plant go to seed.

(Carole) Cleveland, TX(Zone 9a)

Gotcha! Thanks!!!

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