Growing Catnip from Seed
Name: Catnip/Nepeta Cataria
Other Names: Catmint, Catswort, True Catnip
Days to Maturity: 75 days from seed
Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
Hardiness Zones: 3 – 9 (Perennial)
Plant Spacing: 12 – 18 inches apart
Soil Preference: Well-drained, fertile, sandy
Plant Height: 18-36 inches
Uses: Flower garden, herb garden, culinary, container, medicinal
Catnip has so many great medicinal and culinary uses; a must have for any herb garden! Most people think Catnip is only intended for cats, however read below to see the many uses catnip has to offer!
- Distracts cats and makes them feel good.
- You can cook with it, just as you would mint.
- Supports kid’s wellbeing (helps with ADHD).
- Alleviates headaches and fevers.
- Enhances sleep and alleviates insomnia.
- Quit smoking aid – roll a catnip cigarette and your tobacco cravings will quickly diminish.
- Soothes the body; brew a strong batch of catnip (called an herb infusion) and pour it into your next hot soaking bath. It elevates relaxation and smells good too!
- Soothe your nervous system.
- Help with motion sickness.
- Reduces fever.
- Soothes menstrual pain.
- Helps wounds heal faster, as it has antibacterial properties and can help repair damaged tissues.
- Conditions hair – make catnip tea and pour over your head next time you’re in the shower.
- Helps slow the aging process.
- Reduces inflammation.
- May ease digestive issues.
- Plant with other potatoes, pumpkins and squashes to keep squash beetles away.
- Deters pests such as aphids, Japanese beetles, ants and squash bugs.
- Attracts pollinators to the garden.
- Drought resistant.
- Repels rodents.
And you thought it was just for cats! Grows in most planting zones, and very easy to grow. Buy your catnip seeds today and start growing your own! Lots of great uses for this wonderful herb. Catnip seeds are rather small, so be careful when handling. Pictures of catnip seeds can be seen below.