Nepeta cataria, Catnep, Catnip
Clusters of small pale pinkish white tubular flowers. Pungent, aromatic grey green, toothed oval leaves. Culinary; the leaves and flowers are edible. The leaves are good in stuffings and marinades.
• Hardiness: H5 (-10 to -15C)
• Type: Herbaceous Perennial
• Height: up to 1m
• Spread: 60cm
• Soil type: Sand, Chalk, Loam, Free Draining
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Upright
• Flowering colour: Pale Pink
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide To Culinary Herbs and Jekka's Guide to Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: Yes (Read Jekka's Guide to Pollinators for more information)
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: No
• Caution: N/A
• Indoor Sowing: In spring, into prepared plug trays or pots, cover the seeds with perlite.
• Outdoor Sowing: In early summer, into a free draining soil in sun or light shade. Thin to 50cm apart.
• Propagation: Cuttings
• Maintenance: (Read Jekka's Blogs on Early Spring, Late Spring and Autumn maintenance)
• Harvest: N/A
Catnip, beloved of cats is also very much regarded as a herb for humans. It has been used traditionally for colds and flu to reduce temperature in fevers and as a gentle relaxant for children when they are feeling upset. Herbalists regard it as also being effective to ease stomach upsets, bouts of colic, diarrhoea and indigestion in both children and in adults.
Caution: Avoid in pregnancy.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
See our blog for more information about the National Institute of Medicinal Herbalists
Jekka's "How to Grow It" videos, includes Jekka's video on how to sow seeds for an informative step-by-step guide to seed sowing.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.