Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Silver/Gray Blue-Green Aromatic
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
One of the few plants that seem indestructible in my West Texas summer heat (in the 100's) and maintains a green basal clump through the winter (zone 7). Doesn't spread much at all in my dry clay soil; just a few seedlings at the base of the mother plant.
On Jul 18, 2010, aquilusdomini from Jackson, MI wrote:
This grows natural in our backyard. It's a lovely plant and both my former cat (he passed away) and my current cat have enjoyed it both fresh and dried. It makes for a fantastic relaxing tea when flavoured with honey or sugar. Definitely worth having in the garden or just growing in your yard.
On Apr 9, 2008, crimsontsavo from Crossville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Selfseeds alot, but easy to pull.
The Gold Finches went insane over the seeds.
Butterflies,hummingbirds and hummingbird moths drenched them as well.
Makes a gorgeous mounding border plant if kept trimmed.
On Jun 28, 2007, madamecp from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:
I'm very much a cat person, so this is a handy plant for me. My cat loves it, she always has a big stalk to lie around on and be territorial with. The bees absolutely love it, too, and are currently swarming the catnip patch en masse.
It's so incredibly hardy that I never need to do a thing for it, and it still grows so large (and so profusely) that I can give huge bundles to friends every time they visit. Heat and drought don't phaze it, even when most of the plants are suffering. My tallest plants are currently over 5' (despite dying down every Winter).
Last year I let it become overgrown, but both the tiny volunteers and the excess large plants are always easy to remove. Anything else gets harvested when it leans anywhere it isn't welcome. Best for growing around other hardy herbs (keep them away from easily overrun flowers!), my catnip co-exists with my lemon balm and serves as a blockade against nearby weeds for the smaller herbs. They also make good shade for less heat tolerant herbs.
I orginally got this plant for my two cats - and I'm rather glad I did, as it keeps them from nibbling on my other more poisonous plants. NEVER plant this outside of a container - they spread like crazy and will pop up after you think you've got them controlled. I still have some small ones popping up in a container that used recycled dirt from a previous failed catnip seedbed. Keep a few pots of this if you've got cats - the cats will destroy a pot of small plants in no time, so you can keep a few containers growing while the other is being mauled and regularly switch them out.
This grows wild in rural Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas and goes by the name 'stinkweed' for its rather harsh smell. The flowers are pretty, but don't add any real pleasant smell to the plant. I'd only recommend this to people who want to keep their cats off their other plants.
Keep in full sun to light shade and water often for large plants - mine grow best right after being left out during a rainstorm for a good drench and then air drying.
On Oct 15, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is a plant for cat-owners. The flowers are insignificant, so it doesn't really need to be in the perennial garden.
I strongly recommend that this plant be grown in a container at least 12" across and 9" deep. Like many other mints, it really spreads by the roots and can become rather invasive. If you have 2 pots of it going, that works really well, because one pot can be inside for your cat and other outside in the sunshine. Switch them out once the indoor one starts to look like it needs sun. Our cat keeps the indoor one "mowed" down!
I "winter-sowed"catnip this year and I have a nice pot of catnip that delights my cats.They love to have it rubbed on their faces.One of the cats will eat it and shortly after will take a nice long nap.It doesn't get any of them frisky,but it relaxes them.I have been giving stems of it to other cat lovers and all say their cats are crazy about it.My son's girlfriend chews leaves of it once in awhile and got me started.It freshen your mouth.I am going to be saving all I can for the winter months ahead and am looking forward to growing even more next year.
On Jun 10, 2006, kyle_and_erika from Batesville, AR wrote:
Well, with 7 cats this has been a very hot topic with us - I really don't know where to begin. We received the seeds as a freebie with a tomato seed purchase - seems harmless so far, uh? ....Not the case.
The cats got ahold of this stuff and, to our eyes, became addicted. We flooded all the cat hangouts with some homemade propaganda, e,g: "catnip madness" "the devil's herb" and so on. But it didn't work.
The fact that the cats were drying, bagging and selling the catnip to other cats in the area irked us more than anything - nobody gets paid on this farm but us.
Our first instinct was to tax the catnip - charging the cats to harvest and so on - but then , low and behold, our extreme "Christian" beliefs came into play.... can you say "lengthy prison sentence" and yes, even for minor possession.
After our jail was filled up and no cats were on the streets we realized that we had shoot ourselves in the foot, financially speaking.
...So now we have lowered the consequences to just a short stay in jail and a hefty fine. Morality and profit combined with the quenching of our sadistic nature - Ain't it grand ?
One of our more liberal cats just presented us with a study to show catnip to be not only completely harmless but a great stress reliever too - don't think we didn't bury that bone!!! I don't care how much evidence they can gather - We aren't buying it!! This is worth more than tomatoes ever will be!!!
I think that we are going to raise penalties again though, we elect a new farm leader this year...
Even though I don't have cats, I grow this to share with my cat loving friends. Many of them don't garden or have brown thumbs, so they are grateful to get it fresh or dried. It does spread fast if not deadheaded, but is easy enough to pull.
On Sep 22, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have grown this plant for years just for my cat. They seem to like fresh catnip over the store bought kind. Most of the cats I have had just tend to roll in it, but one cat, would actually eat the leaves, fresh or dried. After that watch out he went wild for a while then napped for a very long time.
On Jul 30, 2005, Mystical_1 from Beinfait Canada wrote:
I have a three year old plant in the garden that has attained a height of 57". Last winter the temperture dropped to -46 and wind chills at almost -60. The plant was the last to freeze off in the garden last year and one of the first to green up this spring. Our dogs are great protectors of this plant against neighbourhood cats. We harvest two ways. The first is that we harvest the buds after the butterflys and bees visit. the buds are pruned from the plant and dried for our cats, and the local humaine society. Towards fall we cut back the plant drying the leaves on the stem for tea and for less potient catnip to be mixed with buds. The growth the continues until snow cover on the plant where it seems to comback stronger the following year.
On Jul 24, 2005, JefeQuicktech from Moorhead, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
We call our nepeta cataria the Discovery Channel plant. The bees and other creatures just love it. The finches eat the seeds in the fall. I counted 20 bees on the plant this afternoon. We have it right beside a pond where we sit and enjoy the buzzing activity. Watching this plant is like watching a nature show on TV...but better.
If you are scared of bees or are deathly allergic to a sting, then I wouldn't recommend it. But we've never been stung by them and have stuck cameras nearly on top of them.
Invasive? It does spread. But the new plants are really easy to kill. It is not as invasive as my neighbor's lawn grass.
We consider it a "must have" plant for every garden.
On Mar 7, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have successfully grown this plant both in the garden & in containers - keeping a pot of it on the deck to grab a few sprigs now & then to toss inside to my 6 (yup 6) adopted/rescued cats. With a little honey, the steeped fresh leaves also make a nice herb tea, reputed to be very soothing when one is under the weather. I've used it alone as well as mixed with other herbs for this purpose.
I leave my container plant outside year-round, & although the original plant sometimes doesn't reappear the following spring, I always allow a few blooms to go to seed, & there have always been self-sown seedlings to take over. Whether containerized or in the ground, it is key to pinch this plant back regularly to keep it bushy & avoid that "weedy" look.
On Mar 6, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:
Maybe it is because it is growing wild around here that I do not like this plant very much. It is straggly, weedy and invasive. They are too many attractive nepetas to grow than to bother with this one unless there is a cat to please.
On Feb 15, 2005, VbSparky from Dansville, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Catnip can be used for a tea for relief of cold/flu
insomnia and hyperactivity. Add honey for flavor. Also is very good for reducing fevers, the miseries of hayfever, and nausea.
Also the Oil ( nepetalactone ) from the plant can be
extracted by steam and the oil has been found out to
be 10 to 20 times better then DEET for repelling
mosquitoes. Bad side effect is that it attracts bee's.
Some cats are not affected by catnip and kittens may
not react to it either till there 6 months to a year old.
On Jun 28, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have to grow mine in a hanging basket on the porch, so my six cats do not kill it. However, one of the cats figured out how to get on the porch roof and access it from there. I have now moved it farther away from the overhang.
This is one plant I grow just for my 2 cats. They each get about 2-3 fresh leaves daily as a treat if they're good. I have to control access to it or my younger cat will go beserk and demolish the whole thing. To keep overzealous kitties (like mine) from pulling the plant out by the roots, try fencing it in at planting time with chicken wire. A more attractive alternative is to purchase a medium-sized ornamental bird cage to put over the plant. Enough leaves will grow up and through the cage for the kitties to chew on, but they won't be able to crush or rip out the plant. Interesting fact: very young kittens up to a certain age are not affected by catnip.
On Jun 21, 2004, ownedbycats from Southern, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Every year I buy this plant, it has never overwintered here. I'm not sure if that is due to the neighbors cats or competition with the catmint that was next to it. This year I noticed volunteers along the side of the raised bed it was in. I was able to transplant them into the "mint barrel" where they are doing nicely.
It is a not as tight and compact as catmint, but the foliage has a nice color and texture and the flowers are rather pretty.
On Apr 24, 2003, Nurafey from Polk City, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Catnip is one of those herbs that grows well and makes an attractive window box plant. I paired mine with oregano and they were lovely together. Catnip also grows fine in well draining containers, so if you want to keep your cats(or your neighbor's cats) out of it, put it in a hanging basket. It will trail over nicely. I do want to mention that pregnant women should avoid drinking tea of this herb.
On Jan 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Catnip has proven to be even more attractive to squirrels than to cats in my yard. They become as intoxicated by it as the cats do, but the squirrels fall out of the trees when drunk, causing a lot of havoc with the pets.
On Aug 31, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:
Catnip is a marginal perennial in our South Central Alaska coastal area. In the more severe winters, it may not survive. However, it grows well here all summer, if you can keep the cats from rolling in it. My neighbor has six cats, and all but one become intoxicated by the catnip.
On Jan 1, 2001, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:
Catnip is a perennial herb in zones 3-9. It gets 3 1/2' tall and should be spaced 18" apart. The flowers can be white or violet-blue. The leaves are heartshaped on square stems. Catnip forms a mound and has fragrant bluish-green foliage with masses of small flowers. The foliage can be used in teas. Plant in full sun and fertile, sandy, well-drained soil.
'Citriodora' has lemon scented leaves.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Fairhope, Alabama Hartford, Alabama Batesville, Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas Knights Landing, California Los Angeles, California Menifee, California Merced, California Sacramento, California San Anselmo, California Aurora, Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Denver, Colorado Bozrah, Connecticut Citrus Ridge, Florida Fruitville, Florida Lakeland, Florida Pace, Florida Rockledge, Florida Hazlehurst, Georgia Roopville, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Kangley, Illinois Albion, Indiana Gary, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Wichita, Kansas Benton, Kentucky Dry Ridge, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Lewiston, Maine Brookeville, Maryland Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Lutherville-timonium, Maryland Mashpee, Massachusetts Erie, Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan Mason, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Stephenson, Michigan Vandercook Lake, Michigan White Pigeon, Michigan Fridley, Minnesota Moorhead, Minnesota Byhalia, Mississippi Marietta, Mississippi Mathiston, Mississippi Cole Camp, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Henderson, Nevada La Luz, New Mexico Dansville, New York Deposit, New York Ogdensburg, New York Fayetteville, North Carolina Kure Beach, North Carolina Polkton, North Carolina Hilliard, Ohio Kettering, Ohio Richmond, Ohio Bartlesville, Oklahoma Eagle Point, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Milford, Pennsylvania Millersburg, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Lincolnville, South Carolina Brookings, South Dakota Clarksville, Tennessee Crossville, Tennessee (2 reports) Bedford, Texas Everman, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Irving, Texas Katy, Texas (2 reports) Lubbock, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Leesburg, Virginia Roanoke, Virginia Green Acres, Washington Issaquah, Washington Kalama, Washington Lake Goodwin, Washington Spokane, Washington Walla Walla, Washington Marinette, Wisconsin Merrimac, Wisconsin Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin Pulaski, Wisconsin Wittenberg, Wisconsin