A strongly aromatic perennial herb irresistible to many cats, on whom it seems to have a strongly narcotic effect. In the past it has been smoked and is said to be mildly hallucinogenic.
- Adored by cats
- Flowers loved by bees
- Leaves contain vitamin C
- Strongly aromatic
Native to Europe and parts of Asia, this really is the herb for the moggy in your life. It is often dried and stuffed into cat toys, but it is as attractive to cats fresh as it is dried.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Purple
- Flowering period: June- August
Catnip grows best in full sun and a free draining soil, although it will tolerate a bit of shade. Once established it needs very little care, other than protection from your cat maybe, as most seem to adore it. With this in mind it may be worth growing it away from other plants that may be damaged by rolling and frolicking felines. Some cats also to love nibbling on it and will eventually demolish the whole plant - and in these cases an upside down wire hanging basket secured with a couple of tent pegs allows your moggies chomp on the catnip growing through the wire, but protect the base of the plant.
Cats are not the only animal to love catnip – it is a firm favourite with bees and pollinating insects too. The leaves and flowers are a mild sedative and is has antispasmodic properties which help relieve flatulence, bloating, cramps and colic especially if stress is a factor – although the taste is not particularly pleasant.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.