Nepeta

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Catmints
Nepeta cataria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Nepeta

Nepeta is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae.

Some members of this group are known as catnip or catmint because of their effect on house cats. The oil in the leaves of some Nepeta species gives cats euphoria, that is, it makes them feel good. They get a "high", roll around, and may cry out, jump and behave in an unusual way.[1]

REferences[change | change source]

  1. Herron, Scott (2003). "Catnip, Nepeta cataria, a morphological comparison of mutant and wild type specimens to gain an ethnobotanical perspective". Economic Botany 57 (1): 135–142. doi:10.1663/0013-0001(2003)057[0135:cncamc]2.0.co;2 .