People use Catnip as a tea and of course, it drives cats wild. Gray green leaves and white blooms that are similar to other mints. Commonly known as catnip, catswort, or catmint.
Perennial, zones 3-9
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface, seeds need light to germinate.
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperatures. Transplant into the garden after the last frost, 12-18” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost or late summer to early fall, very small seeds- sow seeds lightly in a prepared area, thin to 12” apart. Tip-Transplant the seedlings that are thinned out into other places in the garden.
Growth Habit: Mounded, clump-forming
Height and Width: 24-30” x 24”
Spacing: 12-18” apart
Light Needs: Full sun, part shade in the south
Soil Needs: Catnip needs average, well-drained soil
Flowering: Early summer onward
Harvest: Once plants are established, start when foliage is 8-10” tall or when it is blooming. individual leaves or the entire plants. Dry individual leaves on a tray or in a dehydrator. Hang bundles upside down in a dark, well-ventilated space until dry
Uses: Culinary- use like you would mint, tea, medicinal, containers, attractive to our feline friends, flowers attract pollinators and beneficial insects.
Care: Easy to grow, low maintenance. Cats will find it, especially once the oils are released from the leaves.
Tips: Prune back after it flowers, it helps with reblooming and keeps the plant looking tidy. Pinch back seedlings to create a bushier habit.