Nepeta cataria
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Nepeta cataria


  family lamiaceae 
  genus nepeta 

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Genus  Nepeta Species  cataria Variety  Cultivar  Common names  catnip Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S8446 Data source  ColorNat p11;MedPl p237;Frgnt p170;Frgnt p301;Frgnt p60
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Nepeta cataria have a mildly pungent aroma. The leaves of Catnip have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Light yellow and light yellow are common colors produced with this plant. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (The mordants used for fixing the dye include: alum, tin, chrome.)
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  sedative   diaphoretic   carminative   antihemorrhoidal   antirheumatic Medicinal parts  Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Nepeta cataria has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as a sedative, as a diaphoretic, as a carminative and as an antihemorrhoidal. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) The plant parts used in herbal preparations are the aerial parts.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  medicinal odor. mint and pennyroyal mixed scent. aromatic leaves liked b Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Pungent Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  light yellow,grayish yellow
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Nepeta cataria is a perennial. June is the usual month for flowering.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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