Garden flowers

Nepeta: Cats Grass


Nepeta is a pretty flower with blue tones reminiscent of lavender and adapts very well to most climates, even cold and humid.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Nepeta
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Perennial

Height
: 40 to 80 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Lightweight, well drained

Flowering
: May to October

Also called Cat Grass, it has a euphoric effect on our cat friends.

Planting nepeta

Planting nepeta is important because it is this stage that conditions the proper recovery, flowering and growth of nepeta.

Properly plant the nepeta:

You can plant your nepetas from from October until May-June keeping a distance of 25 to 30 cm between each plant.

  • Nepeta loves full sun but tolerates partial shade
  • She likes them well-drained soils, even poor
  • It is in the sun that nepeta gives the best of itself in terms of aromas

Multiplication of nepeta:

The nepeta is multiplied by seed at the end of winter, in a box and at a temperature of about 18 °

  • Keep the substrate slightly damp
  • Good light but no direct sun
  • You will transplant once in a bucket during April
  • You will put in the ground from the month of May

We can multiply nepetas in spring or fall by division of the tuft.

Watering the nepeta

This plant tolerates the sun well, but should be watered in hot weather or prolonged drought.

For the pot culture, do not wait until the soil is completely dry before watering, but without excess.

Harvesting nepeta leaves

The leaves of Nepeta cataria are best harvested in the morning during its vegetative period.

It is in spring and summer that the harvest often takes place, but it can also be done as long as your nepetas are well stocked to make delicious infusions and herbal teas nepetas.

  • Wait until the plant has a good clump before picking the first leaves
  • Dried nepeta leaves keep very well for many months

Note that when the leaves and flowers of nepetas are crumpled, they give off a very pleasant sweet scent of slightly aniseed mint.

To know about nepeta

Nepeta is also called Cat mint or, more commonly, Catnip. She has the power to attract our feline friends thanks to her euphoric power.

About 2/3 of cats are sensitive to euphoric power of nepeta. When he rubs or rolls in it, chews it or simply licks it, he feels for several minutes an excitement and euphoria that transports him elsewhere. Purring and meowing characterize this situation without side effects ...

Very decorative and of great aromatic interest, this plant is therefore also suitable for adorn a garden that for cook delicious fragrant dishes, herbal teas and infusions.

Plant meliferous, the nepeta will be just as well behind a massif as on the edge, in a rocky or sandy bed and even as a planter, on your balcony or terrace.

Smart tip about nepeta

It replaces the lavender in areas with a cold and humid climate.

Video: How to Grow Catmint. Nepeta x faassenii Walkers Low (October 2020).