Nepeta cataria

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Nepeta cataria L.

  • ANPC Rank –
  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Rare
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Not yet assessed
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – No


Becoming common in S Alberta, forms dense patches (visit Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park). Rare 20 years ago. In a given area, can expand from a single introduction to become fairly common in 5 years.

Catnip is a perennial. It produces many brown to black ellipsoidal seeds 1 mm or so long. Both the foliage and flowers are aromatic. Some brands of dried catnip include only leaves and stems, but others include flowers and fruit as well, with lots of seed.

[1] Link to Wikipedia, Nepeta cataria - "...native to southern and eastern Europe, the Middle East, central Asia, and parts of China. It is also widely naturalized in northern Europe, New Zealand, North America, etc.[1][2][3][4]..."

[2] Link to USDA Plants profile for Nepeta cataria L. catnip

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