|Photo - Dwight Bennett Catnip bloom, leaves & dry mix
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Also known as Catmint and Catswort, it has a long history, being recorded as far back as 1712. It is native to Europe, Asia and Africa, but has been firmly established in North America. A member of the mint family, it's effect on house cats is well documented, as well as some large cats such as cougers and lions. The active ingredient, nepetalactone, causes temporary euphoria in about 75% of cats, making them play with it, roll on it, paw at it, eat it or lick it. They may purr, salivate heavily, sleep, or become aggressive.
It also effects people, insects ...
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