Nepeta cataria, often called Catnip, is a wonderful small shrub that grows 2-5 ft tall and is quite attractive. Growing it in full sun or semi -shade and providing regular or moderate water is all that is required for beautiful growth. The profuse white or off-white flowers, with spots of blue and lavender, are fragrant and attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and many other beneficial insects. The scent of Catnip has a stimulating effect on cats. Often grown as an ethnomedical plant, Catnip can also be taken as a medicinal hot infusion for colds, flus, fevers, and infectious childhood diseases. It is soothing to the nervous system and calming to the stomach.
In cold regions, Catnip can be grown in a pot, the pot should be brought inside during times of severe frost and protected from the cold, however, mature plants are reportedly quite cold hardy at least to 30s F. for a short time. They should be protected from prolonged cold spells. Growing in USDA Zone: 7 - 9, Catnip is super hardy and very easy to care for, as well as being a valuable multi-use plant.