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Catnip
A mature Catnip plant flowering in mid-July.
Catnip
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Catnip
Nepeta cataria

Also known as "Catnep" and "Catmint."  One whiff and your cats will be hooked. They will have so much fun that they will likely wallow your young plants to death!  Placing some form of protection around immature plants until they are well established is a good idea.

Leaves can be harvested, dried, and store in an airtight container is a cool, dark location to preserve freshness.  It can then be sewn in small cloth bags to be used as play toys for your cats.

A relative of mints and nettles, catnip is native to England, it has been cultivated in North America for centuries.  Catnip is a bushy perennial with square stems that grow two to three feet in height. When picked or bruised, the plants exude a characteristic, aromatic scent that as mentioned, is quite attractive to most felines.  Interestingly, if the plants are sown in situ or have come up as volunteers from the previous season, cats will pass them by.  This observation confirms the age-old poem that goes:

"If you set it, the cats will eat it,
      If you sow it, the cats don't know it.
"

Each packet contains 0.25 gram, which is approximately 300 seeds.


Medicinal Herbs Historically, catnip has been used medicinally for its carminative, tonic, antispasmodic, and mildly stimulating properties.  The flowering tops, harvested in August, are the part of the plant used medicinally.  The herb is never boiled, as this destroys its medicinal value, but is instead infused.

To make an infusion, use one ounce of catnip to one pint of boiling water in a glass or other non-metal, non-reactive vessel and keep covered for five minutes.  Dosage is two tablespoons for adults, two to three tablespoons for children.[1]

A decoction was made out of catnip, to which honey was added for sweetness, to use to help alleviate coughs.[1]

It was also used in the form of a poultice or fomentation to relieve painful swellings.[1]


Informational References:
  1. "A Modern Herbal," Mrs. M. Grieve, 1931, p. 173-175.

The Victory Seed Company does not advocate medical self-diagnosis or self-medication. Reference to the medicinal properties of plants are described here for educational and historical purposes only and are not to be construed as a prescription, prognosis or diagnosis for any disease or illness.  As with any remedies or medicines, you should consult your personal health care provider before using.

Customer Reviews Average Rating review
Grew great.
I have tried to grow this before with no luck. However these seeds all germinated very quickly. I started these in the house 2013 but I started them too early. So they were not very happy when I put them in my herb garden-despite my mistake they did amazing! I had catnip all summer/fall and I love the plant. It smells wonderful and I have used it for insect repellent recipes, teas, and flower arrangements when it blooms. This herb is very versatile and easy to grow. I mulch my gardens and just checked my herb garden-I still have catnip in January. I will plant more in my other gardens to help with insect pollination.
Reviewed by: rosemary kelley from Southern Illinois. on 1/3/2014
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