Make catnip mosquito repellent


Plant taxonomy classifies catnip plants as Nepeta cataria . Note that the common name, "catmint" is preferred in the U.K. As a result, it may be tempting to use the two names interchangeably. But in the U.S. we tend to  reserve "catmint" for the ornamental relatives of N. cataria , such as Nepeta x faassenii  and  Nepeta mussinii . Where the latter are referred to below, the scientific name is used, in order to avoid confusion with the main subject of this page, which is N. cataria .

Nepeta cataria plants are classified as herbaceous perennial herbs. Catnip plants have naturalized in parts of North America. Even where they are not perennial, they will likely reseed. In fact, some of you may find catnip too weedy and too aggressive a spreader to grow it in your landscape.

Catnip plants can attain a size of 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Their small, white or lilac-colored flowers  grow in clusters. The stems of these fragrant plants have the squarish shape typical of the mint family (to which they belong), whether herb or weed ( creeping Charlie , for instance). Catnip plants enjoy sun and are drought-tolerant ground covers , making them a good choice for sunny, dry areas where many other plants would struggle. But they offer little ornamental value.  Nepeta cataria is the preferred herb to grow for cat-lovers; fewer cats are attracted to the ornamental types, such as Nepeta mussinii .

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Plant taxonomy classifies catnip plants as Nepeta cataria . Note that the common name, "catmint" is preferred in the U.K. As a result, it may be tempting to use the two names interchangeably. But in the U.S. we tend to  reserve "catmint" for the ornamental relatives of N. cataria , such as Nepeta x faassenii  and  Nepeta mussinii . Where the latter are referred to below, the scientific name is used, in order to avoid confusion with the main subject of this page, which is N. cataria .

Nepeta cataria plants are classified as herbaceous perennial herbs. Catnip plants have naturalized in parts of North America. Even where they are not perennial, they will likely reseed. In fact, some of you may find catnip too weedy and too aggressive a spreader to grow it in your landscape.

Catnip plants can attain a size of 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Their small, white or lilac-colored flowers  grow in clusters. The stems of these fragrant plants have the squarish shape typical of the mint family (to which they belong), whether herb or weed ( creeping Charlie , for instance). Catnip plants enjoy sun and are drought-tolerant ground covers , making them a good choice for sunny, dry areas where many other plants would struggle. But they offer little ornamental value.  Nepeta cataria is the preferred herb to grow for cat-lovers; fewer cats are attracted to the ornamental types, such as Nepeta mussinii .

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