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A dual purpose herb, used both as a medicinal and for amusing your cat.
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(Nepeta cataria LAMIACEAE)
Use this mint for teas, or for amusing your cat. Note that only about two out of three cats are amused: the remainder do not have the dominant gene for this response are are bored by this plant. Medicinal: Traditionally used for colds and flu primarily as a diaphoretic for feverish conditions. Nepetalactone, the primary ingredient of the essential oil is chemically similar to the sedative constituents of valerian.
|Flowers:||clusters of small white flowers|
|Lifecycle:||2 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|Height:||16 to 24 inches|
|USDA Zones:||3 to 9|
|Soil:||Does best in moist soil, though tolerates dryness.|
|Propagation / Germination:||Requires light to germinate. Sow on soil surface and press in lightly. Keep very moist until seeds germinate. Average germination 40%|
|Spacing:||12 to 16 inches apart|
Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.
Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.