Catmint is a fun treat that you can give your cat. The active ingredient is safe and its effects typically wear off within 10 minutes or so. Occasionally ingestion of the plant will make a cat vomit. The plant is NOT habit forming.
what is the difference between "catnip" and "mint"?
Catnip is one of the approximate 250 species in the mint family and has a leafy green appearance. , the essential oil in catnip, can turn even the laziest couch potato into a crazy furball—if said furball happens to have inherited the sensitivity to its effects. The trait doesn't emerge until a cat is between three and six months old; until then, a kitten will not have a response.
A.k.a. Catnip, Catmint, Catswort
Known to humans by a variety of names, catnip, cat mint, Nepeta, a cat will know it by its intense smell. Be aware that once the cat becomes aware of it, it will probably not take long to devour, dig up, and squash it from rolling around in it. It’s exceptionally useful for .
Catnip is also known as catnip, catnep, catmint, catrup, catswort.
Habitat: Catnip is normally found in dry disturbed sites, roadsides, waste places, old farmyards, and in cultivated herb gardens. In the Southwest it is often planted as an ornamental as it is one of the more drought resistant members of the mint family. It grows from rhizomes which can spread the plant vegetatively and by re-seeding. Catnip is a perennial herb found growing wild throughout North America and Europe where it is thought to have originated. It is easily cultivated in any garden soil. A member of the mint family, Catnip has square, erect and branched stems and grows 2 to 3 feet high. The leaves are heart-shaped, toothed, opposite and covered with fine downy hairs especially on the under sides giving the whole plant a grayish green appearance. The small tubular, two-lipped flowers grow in dense whorls atop each stem and are white to lavender with reddish to purple spots. Catnip blooms from June to September. The entire plant has a minty fragrance. Young Catnip leaves are edible raw. They have an aromatic mint-like flavor eaten in salads. The fresh young shoots are good in spring salads and rubbed into meat for flavor. As the name (cat-nip) suggests, cats love to nip at it, although watching them it might better be called (cat-roll) for they seem to roll, rub, and totally crush the plant into the ground. They discover that the more they crush it the more oil it releases. Location and Care.
Hardy zones 3-9. Its not a fussy plant and catmint will grow well in almost any kind of soil provided it is not waterlogged. It does best in moderately rich well drained sandy soil where it will produce the most essential oil. These oils tend to be inhibited in heavy soil that drains more slowly.
It prefers to be in full sun but can tolerate some partial shade.
Although catmint likes to be watered once established it will tolerate fairly dry periods. This mint is far more drought tolerant than other mints and will manage fairly well provided there is enough rain. However if the plant is being grown for its leaves then water and weekly fertilizer is recommended to obtain the most leaf growth for harvesting. A soaker hose at the base is ideal.