A vigorous-growing mint with a wacky effect on cats. Dry some catnip for homemade cat toys. This perennial herb can grow to a height of up to 3 feet with a spread of 15 inches. It has a leggy habit and is likely to be flattened by cats who love to roll in it. This plant is attractive to bees and butterflies.
Use very sparingly in salads and use the flowers as a garnish. Also makes a soothing herbal tea.
Catnip tea made from the leaves and flowers may be taken for coughs, colds, catarrh, and a bedtime calmative. We find watching our goofy cats makes us happy, which is also good for our health.