Nepeta: Cat'S Herb


Nepeta is a beautiful blue-toned flower that is reminiscent of lavender and adapts very well to most climates, even cold and wet.

Also called catnip, it has a euphoric action on our feline friends.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name: Nepeta
Family: Lamiaceae
Type: Perennial

: 40 to 80 cm
Exposure: Sunny
Ground: Light, well drained

May to October

Planting the nepeta:

Plant a nepeta well:

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

  • Nepeta likes it full sun but tolerates half-shade
  • She likes them well-drained soilseven poor
  • It is in the sun that the nepeta gives the better of itself in terms of aromas

Multiplication of nepeta:

Nepeta is multiplies by seed at the end of winter, in a box and at a t° of about 18°

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

Neoplasias can be multiplied in the spring or fall by division of a tuft.

Watering the nepeta:

This plant tolerates the sun well, but will have to be watered in case of hot weather or prolonged drought.

For the potted culturedo not wait until the soil is completely dry to water but not excessively.

Harvesting nepeta leaves:

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

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

  • Wait until the plant has a good tuft before picking the first leaves
  • The dried nepeta leaves keep very well for many months

Note that when you crumple leaves and flowers nepétas, it gives off a sweet scent of mint slightly anise very pleasant.

To know about nepeta:

Nepeta is also called mint of cats or, more commonly, Grass with cats. She has the power to attract our feline friends through its euphoric power.

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

Very decorative and a big aromatic interest, this plant is therefore used both for decorate a garden only for cook delicious scented dishes, herbal teas and infusions.

Plant mélifère, the nepeta will be as well in the back of massif as in edge, in rocky or sandy border and even in planter, on your balcony or your terrace.

Smart tip about nepeta:

It is a good substitute for lavender in cold and humid climates.

Video: How catnip gets cats high.

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