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Catmint

Nepeta cataria

Catnep, Catnip

Catnip is a bushy spreading perennial with grey-green foliage and produces white flowers with purple, mauve or pink spots. Cats find the plant irresistible.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves to make an insect repelling spray or use freshly cut leaves as a mulch between rows of vegetables.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take 10-15cm long cuttings and remove the leaves from the bottom half . Root in water or directly in soil.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Including butterflies.
Repels harmful insects
It repels mosquitoes and flies.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Middle East and China.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Herbal teas or herbal sigaretts.
Notes
Insect repellant

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White with purple, pink or mauve spots.
Scent
Mild

Problems

Some butterfly larvae feast on the leaves. Too wet conditions can lead to powdery mildew or rotting.
Powdery mildew
Powdery mildew
Erysiphaceae

Companion plants

Tomatoes, brassicas, cereals

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