The Himalayas - from Kumaon to Sikkim and Bhutan on poor, stony soil and rocky ledges at altitudes of 3,000 - 5,000 feet
Full sun to part shade in hot weather
Tolerates any type soil, but prefers poor, infertile
4" Pots: $2.20
6" Pots: $ 3.50
Terracotta pots and other planters:
Leaves are pale green with serrated edges. Flowers are pale mauve on terminal whorls. They appear from mid-summer to autumn. The plant has a strong anti-septic, mint-like scent.
Keeping it Going
Prefers moist soil in full sun to part shade in hot climates.
Keep out of reach of cats... they will park themselves in your yard and eat your catnip down to the ground.
Ideally suited for poor, infertile soil
Will tolerate drought once established
Temperatures below 45 degrees F
Extreme wind, sun, and temperature swings
Points of Interest
Originally from the Himalayas - from Kumaon to Sikkim and Bhutan. It is found on poor, stony soil and rocky ledges at altitudes of 3,000 - 5,000 feet.
Because it was used as a remedy for many ailments, colonists and travelers often brought this herb with them. It is now found growing along roadsides, in field edges and gardens around the world.
Uses: Medicinal, culinary... and as a stimulating treat for cats.
Parts used: leaves and flowering stems - dried or fresh
For medicinal purposes: A tea made with catnip is said to reduce fever, increase perspiration, and acts as a mild sedative. It can also be applied externally to cuts and bruises. Always consult a physician before trying home remedies.
Very attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators
Lastly, cats love it.