Cats often find your planters or garden to be a convenient toilet or napping spot. Growing a small patch of Catnip in an isolated area will help to keep cats out of your planters or garden. Catnip contains the feline attractant nepetalactone. Nepeta cataria (and some other species within the genus Nepeta) are known for their behavioral effects on the cat family.
Catnip is a perennial in the mint family and it’s flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Catnip acts as a repellant for certain insects, including aphids and squash bugs.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. All around beneficial. Thrives in dry soils and is very tolerant of drought. Hardy to -35 degrees F.
Nepeta cataria, commonly known as catnip, catswort, or catmint, is a species of the genus Nepeta in the family Lamiaceae.