It’s Hip to Have Catnip


I brought home a catnip plant for the garden yesterday. It didn’t even make it out of the driveway unscathed. Our cat practically pounced on it, knocked it over, rolled on it, rubbed against it and nibbled and chewed. An hour later the neighbor’s cat was rolling around our driveway. The above photo is what made it to the garden. And now, 24 hours later, it’s completely gone. Somebody was having a little fun, and it wasn’t the person shoveling the dirt!

The Cat, the Culprit

Just the Facts
Nepeta cataria     Catnip or Catmint
Height 36-48 inches
Zones 3-9
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Blooms mid to late summer, white
Foliage silver/gray or blue/green, aromatic
Self-sows freely
Attractive to Cats, Birds, Bees and Butterflies
Oil from catnip is a mosquito and fly repellant

4 thoughts on “It’s Hip to Have Catnip

  1. Oh, this is too funny! Makes me feel that everything might indulge once in awhile!!! Ocassionally, red wine is my catnip! Ha,ha!

    The real question is will u try another catnip?

  2. Yes, I will get another one, but I might have to hide it in a different location! The catnip plants at the nursery are ‘gently used’ as well from the two barn cats….so funny.

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