Catnip

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Sun: Part Shade
  • Plant Size: 18 to 36 inches tall, 1 foot wide
  • Culinary Use: Fresh or dried for tea, or dried for cat sachets

Want more meow in the garden? Catnip is a favorite of feline friends, who are know to roll, rub, and purr whenever they’re around the plant. Catnip leaves can also be used for a mild tea that’s said to promote relaxation.

Plant Spacing: 18 to 24 inches. Plants Per Person: 1 to 2 per cat.

Secrets to Success »

Plant in spring in the garden or in containers that cats can access easily. If cats love the plant a little too much, you can cover them with chicken wire or stake bamboo sticks around the plants to deter kitties from flattening them. Pinch down stems and flower buds to keep catnip full.

Harvest and Use »

Cut stems and harvest the leaves. Air-dry the leaves for making catnip tea and for cat sachets. Plant in your garden where keeping cats near might protect precious bulbs and other ornamentals from mice and other rodents.

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