Catnip Plant

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You need this hard-to-kill pollinator plant that your furry feline companions will love! The Catnip Plant (Nepeta cataria), sometimes known as Catmint, is an upright-growing perennial that produces small tightly packed spires of pinkish-white flowers! Blooming from late spring to summer, this Mint-Family perennial is strongly scented with a "mint-like" scent!

The soft sage-green leaves form on well-branched mounded plants. Flowering from late spring and through the summer months despite the heat and humidity, you'll love having this easy-to-grow plant in your landscape! Everyone and everything is attracted to this magnificent plant, even the local Butterflies and bees adore it! However, deer and rabbits usually leave it alone!

You might have heard of Catnip before - the dried leaves and flowers are often used in toys for cats. The scent creates an array of reactions from hyper to euphoria, to licking, and cheek-rubbing! Sprinkle some on your pet's scratching post, stuff or soak their toys in it, or even make them Catnip tea to drink!

Go ahead and make some of the tea for yourself too! Catnip has soothing anti-anxiety and stress-lowering properties and can help you sleep! The Nepetalactone in Catnip may reduce nervousness, anxiousness, and restlessness, and is also used to create a tea to treat headaches, stomachaches, and colic. Never thought a plant could do so much - huh?

Hardy throughout a wide range of USDA growing zones 3-7, Catnip is cold-hardy and very low maintenance! It practically takes care of itself once established. Widely naturalized here in the US, this is a vigorous growing short-lived perennial that freely self-seeds without becoming a problem in the garden setting.

Planting and Application:

You can plant your Catnip Plant in nearly any location and it will fit in perfectly. Putting it in a pot near your porch or patio will give you a relaxing fragrance for you and your friends to enjoy. Its silvery foliage, topped with long-blooming flowers, adds pizzazz to many a plant combination, and it is easy to grow!

While these plants can spread politely and self-seed to some extent, simple deadheading as flowers fade and dividing the mounds and volunteers is an easy way to control them. Plus it means more free plants that will enhance the look of your pots and planters, garden beds, and filling large planting areas!

Line your garden bed edges with these pretty perennials or let them ramble and tumble down hard to mow sunny slopes and hold soil in place on eroding hillsides! That hell strip along a road, sidewalk, driveway, or sunny pathway will get the luxury treatment with a ribbon of soft silvery sage green!

You can't go wrong planting it in the mix of other flowers for a fun variety of textures! In mass plantings, your Catnip Plant will turn everyone's head with its soft fuzzy foliage and pastel colors. Try mixing it with other Xeric Mint family members like Catmints, Russian Sage, Salvias, and Lamb's Ears for a soft green mixed planting and scented Sensory garden!

They of course work great among mixed perennial gardens, Rock Gardens, wildflower beds, and Pollinator borders! Plus Catnip is a must-have for the Herb and Kitchen Gardens, Tea and Medicinal Physic Gardens, and Cottage Gardens!

  • Small White to Pink Flower Spires
  • Strong Mint-Like Fragrance
  • Months of Blooms!
  • Pollinator Friendly & Fun For Cats
  • Soothing Medicinal Herb For Humans
  • Xeric Sun Gardens, Containers & Planters, Edging & En Masse

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These herbaceous Perennials do well in any type of well-drained soil, including rocky, sandy, and poor soils. Richer, more fertile soils will encourage the plants to grow taller and sprawl more, but in drier, rockier soils, the plants will grow denser. You will get the best growth in full sun. Drought tolerant once established, these perennial herbs appreciate mulched beds and supplemental moisture in extended periods of extreme heat or drought.

Clean the mounds up in late autumn, or early spring before you see new growth. Then Pinch back your plants back in spring by half to keep them shorter and have increased branching. Then, give your plants a haircut after the first round of flowers fade to encourage reblooming.

The Catnip is a hardy perennial, and some say it's actually hard to kill, so even beginning gardeners can't go wrong with this hardy choice!

  • Full Sun
  • Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs - Drought Tolerant
  • Pinch Back Spring & Shear After Bloom
  • Rabbit & Deer Resistant!
  • Easy to Grow & Care For

For a unique, sun-loving perennial that has many uses and benefits, you can't go wrong with adding Catnip plants to your landscape. Buy your very own today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Catnip Plant Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Nepeta cataria
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Any Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes