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  • Cats love this
  • Calmative tea for people

Nepeta cataria

Aromatic herb of many uses! Attractive to cats, nibbling the leaves makes them happy and energetic. European folk medicine has long used the flowering tops and leaves to make calming teas for adults, children, and babies. Short-lived perennial.

How to grow it:

Germ Temp

Indoor Start

Germ Days

Frost Tolerant


Seed Depth

Plant/Row Spacing


6-8 w.

14-21 d.

Yes, light

Full to shade



Catnip is difficult to germinate as seeds contain many germination inhibiting compounds. For best results, scarify seeds lightly with fine sand paper and allow 2-3 weeks to germinate at around 70 degrees F. Sow in place or start in the greenhouse, allow about 18" between plants.

Seed specs:  Packet size- 1/2 g~ 500 seeds