Catnip Nepeta Cataria is a herbaceous perennial native to Europe and Asia, but the plant has naturalized all over the world, including southern Canada and USA. The fast germinating Catnip seeds can be started indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost and transplanted to the garden after last frost. Nepeta Cataria is a fast spreading and self-sowing perennial herb that features sturdy stems with aromatic, opposite, coarsely-toothed, heart-shaped, green to grayish-green leaves and blooms with clusters of fragrant, lavender-blue flowers which appear from May to September attracting bees and butterflies. This true Catnip is absolutely loved by house cats.
Catnip Nepeta is an attractive and beneficial plant for the garden, because this herb attracts the good animals into the garden and keeps the pests away. Easily grown from Nepeta Cataria seeds, Catnip is grown extensively in flower beds and borders, herb gardens, path edges, cottage gardens, containers and pots. The thriving in dry soil and drought tolerant Catnip is a carefree, reliable perennial herb that has medicinal and culinary uses, and as a garden plant, Catnip repels certain insects, including aphids and squash bugs.