Catnip Seeds - Nepeta Cataria - Medicinal Herb: Sedating / Relaxing
Quantity: 100+ Seeds
Catnip, or Nepeta Cataria, is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It’s a hardy perennial down to zone 3, but can be grown as an annual just about everywhere else. As the name suggests, cats not only go crazy for it, but it gets them really high. Watching your kitty on catnip is one of the greater little joys in life. It is absolutely harmless and non addictive, you can rest assured that you're not doing your fur baby any harm.
Aside from temporarily altering your cat's consciousness, this herb has a long standing medicinal history for humans, and has most commonly been used as a nervine tonic. It has calming, sedative, and muscle relaxing effects, and may be used as a treatment for insomnia and anxiety. Because it makes such a relaxing tea, it pairs wonderfully with chamomile, valerian, and skullcap. It's very useful as a tea for children who are experiencing fever too. The plant puts out many flowers throughout the summer, and makes an excellent food source for pollinators. Because it’s such an effective attractant for pollinators, planting catnip in or around the vegetable garden will increase the biodiversity of insects, hence greatly aiding in pest control.
All seeds are organic and open pollinated.
Seeds may be started outdoors 6-8 weeks before last frost for best results. Otherwise, plants can be stratified one the fridge for 4-8 weeks in the fridge to speed up germination. Seeds are best sown on the surface or planted 1/8 inch beneath the soils surface. Once transplanted and established, These plants will live for many years assuming you live in zone 3 or warmer. Plants don’t require much once established other than water and mulch. These plants are vigorous, and just a few of them can provide you with a full winter supply of tea. This plant prefers to grow in full sun, and soil that drains free from water. The plants are tolerant of deer, pest, drought, and flood.