Photographer: Merel R. Black
Nepeta cataria L.
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"
|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; inflorescence rather loose, many-flowered, up to 2 1/2" whorls mostly terminal and/or separated on the stem; blooms July-Aug.|
|Leaf:||opposite, coarsely toothed, covered with whitish fuzz, triangular, stalk half as long as the blade|
|Habitat: ||dry; disturbed sites, woods|