Nepeta (Catmint; Catnip; Cataria)

Nepeta, commonly known as Catmint, is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants, native to Europe, Asia and Africa. Nepeta belong to the Lamiaceae family, known for its aromatic members. These long-lived, extremely versatile and easy-to-grow perennials make a great addition to your garden. Their aromatic, gray-green leaves and beautiful flowers looks great as edging, or in a border, herb or rock garden. Because of its self-sufficiency and lack of problems, nepeta is a good choice for beginner gardeners.

Name meaning:

The genus name “nepeta” refers to “Nepete”, an ancient Etruscan city of modern Italy, where the plant was common.

Nepeta symbolism:

Nepeta flowers represent happiness, fertility and love.
Folklore says nepeta can be used, in special way, to capture someone’s heart.

Interesting facts about Nepeta:

Nepeta’s common names (catmint, catnip and cataria), all have “cats” as their root word. Its because nepeta is loved by cats. Remember, this plant can make your garden a cat-friendly.
An essential oil, called Nepetalactone, causes reaction in cats mimicking the effects of a cat pheromone and causing a strange behaviour in cats (growling, jumping, hissing, biting, head shaking and even salivating).
Allowing the cats to eat or sniff nepeta is just like giving marijuana to people. It will make them high. So, be aware that sometimes it can make your cat sick.

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Nepeta come in shades of blue, purple, white and even pink and yellow.

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