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Catmint is a herbaceous plant that is closely related to catnip (Nepeta cataria)  and is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Catmint is appreciated for its ornamental value, aromatic leaves, and its potential attraction to cats.

Catmint is a perennial herb that typically grows to a height of about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters).  It has gray-green, deeply lobed, and serrated leaves that emit a distinctive, pleasant, and aromatic fragrance when crushed.  The plant produces spikes of tubular, lavender-blue which are known for their attractive appearance and the nectar they provide to pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies.  The leaves of catmint are known for their minty, herbal, and slightly citrusy aroma. The scent is similar to catnip but milder.

Catmint is known to have a similar effect on cats as catnip.  Many cats are attracted to catmint and may roll in it, chew on it, or become more playful when they encounter it.  However, not all cats are responsive to catmint, and the reactions can vary.

Catmint has a history of use in traditional herbal medicine.  It was believed to have mild sedative and calming properties and was sometimes used as a remedy for digestive discomfort or insomnia.

It can be made into a soothing herbal tea by steeping the leaves in hot water.

Catmint - Nepeta faassenii

  • Catmint is a relatively low-maintenance plant that prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.

    It is a hardy perennial and can be propagated from seeds or cuttings and is known for its drought tolerance.  If sowing from seed this can be done from early spring to early autumn.  Best sown in pots and then transplanted.  Grows to approximately 30cm.

    Catmint is a versatile and attractive herb that serves both ornamental and aromatic purposes. Whether you're planting it for its lovely appearance in your garden, to create a cat-friendly space, or for its potential medicinal properties, catmint is a delightful and easy-to-grow herb.

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