Catmint

Nepeta faassenii

Find this plant in Hortus Dijkspark.

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Catmint - You don't believe in transfer between generations The answer you planted into the twenty first of thirty plant beds in the Dijksgracht park, part of the Twijfel Zaaien/Casting Doubts project. Latin name: Nepeta Artist family: Neutral 123 Zaden, Zadenbank Velt

Description

Nepeta is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae also known as catmints. The genus name is reportedly in reference to Nepete, an ancient Etruscan city. There are about 250 species. The genus is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, and has also naturalized in North America. Some members of this group are known as catnip or catmint because of their effect on house cats – the nepetalactone contained in some Nepeta species binds to the olfactory receptors of cats, typically resulting in temporary euphoria.