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Catnip is an easy to grow, highly ornamental herb with fragrant gray-green leaves and clusters of lavender or white flowers at branch ends in late spring and early summer. Fresh or dried, leaves can be used to make soothing teas for upset stomachs, nervous headaches or colds.
Of course cats find it beyond compare and will appreciate having some of this fresh herb added to their meals. Attracts bees and butterflies. A 2-3 foot tall perennial, which is winter hardy to zone 3. Packet is ¼ gram, about 400 seeds.
Soak seed in water overnight prior to sowing. Then sow in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Kept at 60°F., germination is erratic over a period of 14-40 days. Can be direct sown into prepared seed beds when a light frost is still possible. Thin to 12-18 inches apart.
Comments: Full or part sun. Best with average water in well-drained soil. Cut back by half after bloom. Protect crowns (from cats, if needed) by placing inverted wire basket over tops. Stems and leaves can easily grow through. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Flowers attract butterflies (particularly skippers), and bees.