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Nepeta cataria


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Hardy and fast growing member of the mint family that is native to Europe, but abundant in the states.

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Nepeta cataria, or Catnip, is a drought tolerant plant that grows quickly, in a range of dry and well drained soil. Originally from Europe, this member of the mint family is known to boast white and purple flowers. Catnip is an aggressive grower, therefore it is beneficial to grow them in containers. Known to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and of course a favorite of felines!

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Catnip, Catswort

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: No

Bloom Times: Late Spring to Early Summer, Summer

Bloom Colors: Purple, White

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Sandy

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 2 - 3 ft

Spread: 2 - 3 ft

Growth Rate: Fast