Catnip is a multi-purpose plant. The tea is very pleasant with a lemon-mint flavor and fragrance. Along with fresh catnip planted in containers indoors year-round, catnip toys filled with dried leaves will provide your feline friends with hours of fun. But be warned; they may ignore you for a while! Catnip is very hardy and grows in almost any soil; self-sows readily.
• Botanical Name: Nepeta cataria
• Family: Lamiaceae
• Native: Eurasia
• Hardiness: Hardy perennial in USDA zones 3 and warmer
• Plant Dimensions: 3' tall and wide
• Variety Information: Pale green, soft leaves that emit a characteristic, pungent, minty odor when crushed. Small white or lavender tubular flowers massed at the ends of stems in early to midsummer with scattered blooming through early fall.
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Attributes: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow as late as 2 months before your average first fall frost date. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 60°–70°F.
• When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
• Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
• Seed Depth: ⅛"–¼'
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"
• Row Spacing: 36"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"
• Harvesting: Cut stems about 4" from the ground. Tie branches with string or rubber bands, and hang upside down in a brown paper bag, in a cat-free, dry location until leaves crumble easily. Keep dried flowers and leaves, discard the stems. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry location.