Catnip is a hardy perennial plant that grows 3 to 4 feet tall. The heart-shaped leaves are green above and gray below. The plant has purple flowers. Catnip leaves are used for tea and seasoning and also are attractive to cats. It is not recommended that you plant catnip in or near your garden. If you want to grow this herb, plant in a flower box or pot away from your garden. Dried leaves add fragrance to potpourris. The leaves are also used in salads and tea. Fresh leaves can be rubbed on raw meat as a tenderizer or mixed with olive oil and seasonings for a marinade. Catnip is used to make light yellow dye. The dried leaves are used in cat toys. The plant can be grown as an ornamental in lightly shaded areas or in containers. It is said to have some medicinal qualities.
Average, sandy, well-drained soil is preferred.
Heart-shaped, serrated, gray-green leaves.
Spikes of light purple flowers blooms June through September.