Not a favorite with the feline set, possibly due to its citrus scent. However, makes a delightful tea and also observed to repel mosquitos and flies. Wonderful lemon scent released when brushed against.
Uses: Add a few fresh leaves to green salads. Either fresh or dried leaves will make a refreshing, possibly therapeutic tea. It was consumed in the form of a tea in Europe before the arrival of true tea from Eastern Asia.
Medicinal Uses: Catnip tea, made preferably from the fresh cut herb, makes an excellent cure for insomnia and hyperactivity. Add honey for flavor. Also is very good for reducing fevers, the miseries of hay fever, and nausea. A small, honey sweetened cup of warm tea is good for calming hyperactive kids. Rural residents of the Ozarks have used mashed fresh catnip leaves as a crude poultice to relieve the pain of aching teeth and gums almost instantly. A strong, cooled catnip tea can be used as a eyewash to relieve inflammation and swelling due to certain airborne allergies, flu and cold and excess alcoholic consumption. Does not cure the hangover, though!!
Catnip prefers full sun and average, well drained soil. It is a perennial herb of the mint family that will grow from 3-5 feet tall. Water them routinely. In early spring, cut out last years spent stems to make way for the new ones. You can shear back plants after their first flush of bloom to encourage another flowering cycle.
75-85 days to harvest from seed when started indoors.
Perennial. ZONES: 3-9
Catnip will grow just about anywhere, but ideally in sandy soil in full sun.
Harvest individual leaves when the plants have become established. Top ¾ of plant may be harvested starting the second year. To dry, hang branches upside down in a well-ventilated, dry location out of sunlight.
Also used for a soothing tea (for people).
3-1/2" potted Plants:
Item Name: Lemon Catnip 3-1/2" Pot Item Number: 13450
Item Name: Lemon Catnip 70 ct. flat