Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
|Common Name||Catnip, catmint|
|Latin Name||Nepeta cataria (genus)|
Catnip is a herbaceous perennial, growing 2–3 feet (61–91 cm) tall and wide. It resembles Mint, but with grey-green foliage.
- Common (wild growth): This invasive plant is a common sight in 'Souls territories, as it was a houseplant and common cultivar in the times of humanity.
- Packs: Cercatori D'Arte, Salsola and Vinátta grow catmint in their respective gardens (see references).
- It can be a repellant for deer and certain insects, including aphids, squash bugs, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and termites.
- Sedative, helps to calm and induce sleep; has anti-depressive and anti-anxiety properties.
- The plant has been consumed as a tea, juice, tincture, infusion or poultice, and has also been smoked.
Catnip is known for its behavioral effects on the cat family, not only on domestic cats but also big cats; it is a feline recreational substance, though not all cats are affected by catnip (half to two-thirds affected). It is highly attractive to felines.
The common behaviors when cats sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing at it, licking it, and chewing it. Consuming much of the plant is followed by drooling, sleepiness, anxiety, leaping about and purring. Some will growl, meow, scratch, or bite the hand holding it. Some cats will eat dried catnip; often eating too much can cause cats to be aggressive, typically making them hiss.