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Nepeta cataria

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Family: Mint Family (Lamiaceae)

Distinctive features: Distinctive odour when leaves rubbed.

Flowers: Summer;  White, Blue/Violet;  Irregular flowers

Stem: Square.

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 88    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 78, 350    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 294   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Status: Common, alien.

Notes: This is the famous plant that cats go nuts over.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: cataria: about cats

Photographs: 24 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip flowers.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip leaves.

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Dead plant in November.

Range map for Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

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The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

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