Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Nepeta cataria L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Michael Clayton

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Marion Sheehan

Marion Sheehan

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll
Family Lamiaceae
Nepeta cataria L.
catnip
Nepeta: the ancient Latin name of the aromatic plant catnip, thought to be derived from Nepeta, an ancient Etruscan city
cataria: Latin for "has to do with cats" from old Latin generic name cattus for "cats"
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect, perennial, 18"-40" tall, very aromatic forb; stems square, branched toward the top; taprooted
Flower: cream with pink or purple dots, 5-parted, 1/3" -2/3" long; flower drawing inflorescence rather loose, many-flowered, up to 2 1/2" whorls mostly terminal and/or separated on the stem; blooms July-Aug.
Fruit:1-seeded nutlet
Leaf:opposite, coarsely toothed, covered with whitish fuzz, triangular, stalk half as long as the blade
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites, woods
(Glossary)

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