Nepeta cataria L.


Upright grey-hairy tufted perennial herb to about 70 cm tall. Leaves 2-8 cm long, ovate, cordate, margin with large round or pointed saw teeth, grey-hairy below. Flower clusters spike-like, the lower whorls well spaced. Flowers with corolla 7-10 cm long, white to pale purple with purple spots; summer.

S and E Europe

Naturalised in SA, NSW, Vic and Tas.

The aromatic leaves are said to attract cats; the leaves can also be used to make a soothing tea for digestive upsets.

Source: Spencer, R.; Holmes, R.; McNaughton, V. (2002). Lavandula. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Nepeta cataria 'Citriodora'

Leaves lemon-scented when crushed.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Nepeta L.