Although native to Eurasia, catnip is fully naturalized across North America. Part of the Mint family, it is sometimes called Catmint. What is essentially a behavior-modifying drug for felines works as a mild sedative for us. When catnip’s crushed leaves and flower buds are brewed as a tea, it has a calming effects. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) has also been used widely in salads and soups, and as a digestive aid.
Size: Maximum height 3 to 4 feet
Sunlight requirements: Best in full sun
Water requirements: Regular watering
Soil requirements: Well-drained soil with a pH of about 6.6
When to plant: Spring
Where to plant: Garden, containers
When to harvest: When plant reaches about 8 inches.
Product storage: Pull leaves, dry them and keep in airtight containers in dark, cool spots.