Which is catnip and which one is a weed?

sandpapertongue(7a VA)July 12, 2007

This is my first time growing catnip, and from the same pot and same packet of seeds I have two different looking plants growing. I've tried looking online but both look like catnip to me. Can I have two different looking types of catnip growing, or have I been nurturing a weed?

BTW, both cats were unimpressed by both types of leaves. I'm hoping they'll like the dried version, since that's what they usually go crazy for.

Catnip 1:

Catnip 2:

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granite(z6 NC)

can't help you...no pictures show up!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 12:21AM
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sandpapertongue(7a VA)

Catnip Suspect 1:

Catnip Suspect 2:

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 7:39AM
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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

Suspect #1 is the catnip. Suspect #2 looks like lamb's quaters, a fairly common weed in the Midwest, but it could be something else I'm not familiar with.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 7:51AM
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Picture 1 is catnip. Try to rip a piece of the leaf and see what the cat does. Ripping and bruising the leaf brings out the smell more.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 8:33AM
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sandpapertongue(7a VA)

Thank you! Off to rip out the weeds now. I can't believe I've been nurturing that all this time.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 8:54AM
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CA Kate

I agree with those above. But, if your cats are still unimpressed with the leaves it is likely that you've been sold some other form of Nepeta.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 12:33PM
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#2 is Lambs Quarters as stated above. BUT....Lambs Quarters is edible. Throw it in your salad. It is a relative of spinach. I eat it in early spring before my lettuce/spinach is producing, then again in summer when the lettuce/spinach has bolted.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2007 at 10:47AM
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I have 2 cats. The oldest one goes crazy over catnip (especially when it's fresh and on my clothes), and the youngest doesn't care for it (fresh or dried). But if your cat doesn't care for the homemade cantnip toys, try selling them (especially since you have a free stash).

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 9:38PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Not all cats react to catnip. I'm sure you can google around and find the exact percentage information on cats that are affected/not affected. In my experience, dried and fresh seem to sometimes have different reactions in cats as well.

Number 1 is definitely catnip. Did anyone else have a catnip explosion this year? Catnip grows wildly around my place and it was very vigorous and plentiful this year.


    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 9:04AM
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Auntie_Clara(z5 NE)

I have the plant in photo #1 growing wild in parts of my garden. I weed it often, and my cats adore me when I come inside. I bring them a bit from time to time, but it makes them drool and act pretty squirrely. I do have some nepata (cat mint)that I bought at a nursery. It is beautiful and does well in dry sunny areas. My cats ignore it. They like the "wild" stuff.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 9:48PM
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My neighbors cats LOVE my "other" Nepeta mussinii (canmint) just about as much as N. cataria (catnip).
But I agree, eat that Lambsquarter. In fact the nutritional content is even greater than spinach :D


    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 11:13AM
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I just planted catnip this year in a raised area so i wont mind if it goes crazy in there...also its in the front yard in case the cats want to pay a visit.

will Lemon catnip spread as wildly as the original nepeta.

Lambsquarter is good...tried planted some...i hope there is still enough time for it to seed

    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 10:02PM
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