Catnep or Catnip description:
The cream flowers in the summer are nothing to write home about, and some people may find the nettle-like leaves unattractive.
But most cats will thank you for including it in the garden! They go crazy for Catnip – Catnep (Nepeta cataria).
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good in a herb garden or border and is straightforward provided it is given a well drained soil.
Buy herbs with confidence, because we tell you it straight.
Unfortunately this plant is also known as Catmint – which is confusing as this generally refers to the low, blue flowered Nepeta mussinii.
Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) is the plant with has slightly less cat appeal and is a very attractive plant.
Botanical name: Nepeta cataria.
Catnep – Catnip culinary uses:
Use sparingly in sauces – has an underlying bitter taste
The best position in the garden:
Prefers sun, but will tolerate semi-shade.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, or dryish stoney ground.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture, or dryish stoney ground.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 50 cm.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
Purchase herbs, wildflowers, alpines and perennials.