|Scientific Name:||Nepeta cataria|
|Origin||Europe, Asia, Africa|
There are many popular catnip varieties that will give you a slightly different scent and flavor. Here are a few of the best:
The true catnip variety can grow to up to 3 feet tall and can grow either white or purple blooms.
If you enjoy a lemony scent, you may enjoy this variety. It has a nice scent and many people use it as an insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away.
The greek catnip will grow to a smaller plant, about 1.5 feet high, compared to other varieties. It produces pale, pinkish flowers.
The camphor catnip is a unique plant. Whit small white flowers with purple dots, the plant also grows to be a bit smaller than the average plant, about 18 inches tall.
While not actually a catnip, the catmint is closely related. It tends to grow a bit bushier and produces large, beautiful flowers. The plants are typically confused for each other, but catmint usually grows purple flowers, whereas catnip grows white flowers.
How to Care for Catnip
Common Problems with Catnip
How Does Catnip Spread?
Catnip can spread and repopulate through seeds and propagation. The plant will naturally spread in the wild, but many indoor gardeners who choose to propagate their catnip will do though through cuttings.
They will typically take a healthy cutting and put in well-draining soil with a bit of rooting hormone to give it the best chance of success of taking off. It usually will take a few weeks to take root. You will know when it does when you gently tug on the plant and it doesn’t budge.
Companion Plants to Catnip
The following plants can often grow alongside catnip and may compliment the plant (depending on the variety you have):
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is an herbaceous biennial plant in the celery family Apiaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region, but has become naturalized in many places and is cultivated for its edible leaves. It is also used as a decorative garnish. The plant is widely used in European, Middle Eastern, and American cooking, and, used as traditional herbal medicine. Parsley can grow up to 2 to 3 feet tall. It bears small clusters of white or pink flowers and pointed leaves. The plant produces delicious leaves the first year and seeds in its second.
Yarrow does well in temperate regions. It grows flat clusters of flowers in a variety of different colors, many of which can complement other flowers grown in your garden. These will typically bloom from spring to autumn (April to October in most places). The leaves of the plant look fern-like and are aromatic. The plant is a member of the composite family and is a hardy perennial that is fairly easy to grow. In the right environment, it can grow to up to 36 inches in height. Many people use parts of the yarrow plant for many home remedies.
Pumpkins are squash that belongs to the same family as cucumbers, zucchinis, and other melons. Their seeds are edible and are commonly roasted and eaten as a snack. . While commercial pumpkins are mainly used for decoration (especially at Halloween), there are many culinary dishes that are perfect for this delicious fruit. They are eaten sliced, whole, cooked with other ingredients, or by themselves. The stem is also edible. It is cooked as a vegetable or as a thickener for soups and stews and is also used as a medicinal herb and to make dyes.
Roses are one of the most – if not the most – popular flowers in the world. With so many varieties, sizes, and colors available, people are happy to grow these plants in their homes and in their gardens. The plants can grow as climbers, trailers, or erect plants. The stems typically have thorns that may prick your skin if you aren’t being careful. The flowers will bud in an elegant shape before fully blooming into large flowers. Roses are also very popular for their scent, which is both floral and fresh.
Plants that are Similar to Catnip
The following plants are similar to catnip in some way. Read on to learn what other plants you can grow:
Lemongrass can grow to be about 2 to 3 feet tall. It grows grass-like leaves that are a greenish grey and both the leaves and the stems give a lemon-like flavor when used in culinary dishes. You can often smell a lemon-like scent from the plant as well. Even the plant is fairly easy to grow, it cannot withstand winter conditions, making it an ideal container plant for those who want to use the herb.
Lavender is a well-known and loved perennial herb that produces long stems with delicate buds and blooms. While the foliage can range in color from bright green to grey, the flowers are typically light purple but can come in other colors. They emit a floral scent that many people find calming. In fact, lavender is often used as a home remedy for sleep or stress relief. Lavender is fairly easy to grow and can be harvested up to several times per year (depending on the variety).
From the same family as onions and leeks, chives are an easy plant to grow to harvest for your kitchen. They are cold-tolerant perennials that do well growing in the spring, allowing you to have a tasty treat in early summer. Growing from bulbs planted underground, the plant produces green, tubular leaves. The plant will also produce spherical clusters of blooms that are also edible. Chives are also known to be a pest deterrent and will chase away many insects such as mosquitoes.
The chamomile plant is a small annual herbaceous plant. It is a low-growing plant that can grow up to 24 inches in height. The plant bears light pink, white or dark purple flowers with yellow flowers. These flowers, which smell like apples on the plant, are often used in making herbal tea. Chamomile leaves are quaint, light green, with a serrated edge. Many people have used German Chamomile for a variety of ailments. The benefits of using the plant are said to soothe the nervous system, help people sleep, and support digestion.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Large will Catnip Grow?
Catnip can grow to between 2 and 3 feet tall. When planting multiple catnips, try to space them about 18 to 24 inches apart to give them room to grow. You will also want to ensure that you keep an eye on the plants as they can become invasive.
Is catnip Toxic or Bad for Pets?
Catnip is a safe herb and many people drink it in tea. However, you may have issues if you take it in large quantities or smoke it. Symptoms could include vomiting and headaches.
The plant is safe for dogs and cats unless consumed in large portions.
What Kind of Container Do You Need for Catnip?
Look for a container that is both deep and wide to use for your catnip. For smaller plants, choose one that is 8″ by 8″ and repot it up as it outgrows each.