Lemon Catnip — Lemony Tea Herb
Regular price $3.50 USD
Lemon catnip (Nepeta cataria ssp. citriodora) is a lot like the original, but with a bright, citrusy scent and flavour. It is for this reason that I find it makes for a much more pleasant herbal tea. In my experience it carries some of the calming, mildly sedative properties as the regular type, but to a lesser extent. I like it mixed with other relaxing herbs for a sleepy time brew. Some cats find it mildly intoxicating, but it is generally preferred for human use.
Like the original, it has downy, greyish green leaves and clusters of white to pale lavender, nectar-rich flowers that bees LOVE! Rub the leaves and flowers on your clothing while gardening to repel biting insects.
This is a decidedly unfussy herb to grow, but beware that if you let it go to seed, it will come up virtually wherever it pleases. Cut the plant back just after the first flush of flowers and you can expect a second harvest before the growing season ends. Make sure to grow it in a spot with good air flow and well-draining soil, especially in humid climates where fungal diseases such as powdery mildew is more likely to thrive.
Special Notes: Prefers full sun and well-draining soil, but I have found it to be adaptable to shadier and slightly moister locations. Can be grown in a large pot. Grows quickly and will soon outgrow anything smaller than 12". Loved by pollinators. Ornamental. Flowers and leaves are edible/medicinal. Gorgeous lemon scent. Hardy zones 3-9
Approximately 100+ seeds per packet.
Seed Starting and Growing: Direct seed outdoors in early spring or start indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date for your area. Germination is known to be slow and spotty so don't worry if it takes some time for seedlings to emerge. Sow on top of moist soil and press in lightly.
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All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.