The Purr-fect Plant for Cat Lovers and Garden Enthusiasts Alike

Meet Nepeta cataria, also known as Catnip, Catmint, and Catswort, among other names. This charming plant is not just a feline favorite but also a delightful addition to any garden. With its aromatic leaves and beautiful violet flowers, it's sure to add a touch of magic to your green space.

Nepeta cataria

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Very Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions (once every two weeks), rarely needs watering.

Adaptable but Rocky Soil Challenging

Adapts well but may find rocky soils challenging due to physical effort needed for planting.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Significant Human Health Risks

This plant is toxic and may cause severe health issues.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Nepeta cataria

Standing tall at 2-3 feet, with an equal spread, Nepeta cataria is a non-woody perennial that boasts gunmetal and verdant leaves. Come harvest time, vernal season, or summertime, it's adorned with milky, violet flowers that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the nose.

Did you know? Nepeta cataria is a magnet for cats! They're attracted to its scent and often exhibit playful behavior around it. But it's not just cats that love this plant. It also attracts bumblebees, colorful butterflies, and nectar-seeking moths.

Also known as

Cat Mint
Common catnip
Field Balm
Or catmint
Wild Catmint


This plant is a culinary produce, meaning its leaves and flowers can be used in cooking. It's also a medicinal plant, known for its various health benefits.

Our design recommendations

Nepeta cataria is a long-lived plant that's perfect for cluster planting. Its height and spread make it a great choice for filling in gaps in your garden, and its aromatic leaves add a lovely scent to the air. Plus, its ability to attract various insects can help boost your garden's biodiversity. This plant is versatile and can be grown in a pot or directly in the ground. It's a great choice for a sunny spot in your garden, patio, or balcony.