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Labiatae Nepeta cataria L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Catnip is a perennial plant, native to Europe and the Orient, but now naturalized in most temperate regions. The plant is densely downy with heart shaped leaves. The leaves were formerly much used as a condiment, especially in sauces, but are now little utilized in foods. The name indicates the attractiveness of the plant to cats. Catnip appears not to be grown commercially at present.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch