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How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

Posted by silybum Sunset 16/z8b (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 20, 05 at 12:50

I'm not sure which I have. Are both herbs that can be used in the same way anyway?


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

With the ones I've grown, catnip is taller with an upright growth habit. Small pinkish white flowers, sort of like basil flowers in type. Medium/large serrated triangular leaves. Can get scraggly late in the season. Scent is decidedly musky. Makes most cats nutso.

My catmint on the other hand, has a mounding growth habit, attractive purple flowers, small serrated rounded triangular leaves, & has a much less musky scent to it. All of my cats have absolutely no interest in it whatsoever.


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

Mine has purple flowers. I have it in a wine barrel, and it drapes/hangs over the side, definetly not growing upright, so so I think it must be the catmint. Thanks.


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

Oh, & to answer your 2nd question - I've used both catnip & catmint in herbal teas. Both are nice with a touch of honey & lemon. They are supposed to be especially good when you have a cold.


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

I've never used my catmint as tea, but love the catmint and the way it will bloom over and over if dead-headed and pruned back into the foliage. My mounds get very large doing this. I have the plain ol' species Nepeta mussinii. I've heard the tea has calming qualities...what is your take on this?

Vera


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

I can't validate its supposed calming qualities, since I've only made the tea when I've had a cold, which made me already subdued - lol!!


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

Thanks for heads up on the pruning. It sounds like my sage, which when pruned after flowering, it blooms again. I will start to harvest & dry whenvever I prune, and use t for tea's, etc.


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

I love catmint tea. I also love catmint as a border plant for my roses. You do need to keep an eye on it as this stuff will become invasive if not sheered back - something that I don't mind because of the nice minty fragrance. Oh and one last word. If you spray your roses don't use the catmint you have growing next to it as a tea herb. Lord knows we are exposed to more than enough chemicals already.


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

hmm, i think i have catnip myself, its lemony (probably lemon scented catnip) upright growth but with triangular serated leaves, its been threataning me with flowers for weeks now and is covered in buds, but none have opened.

i think it has pinky-purpley flowers.

i bought it last year and it grew about 6" tall and had many stems, this year only 1 stem, but that stem is about 2'6" and branched all over with flower buds covering it.

i gave some to one of the cats to test it for reactivity, (not all cats are reactive to catnip) it took hte leaf, sniffed it, picked it up, chewed it. i thought oh its releasing the scent. nope it hten ate the leafe made a choking noise and wandered off.

??? *is confused by foolish cat*


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

Here is a pic of my Catmint taken shortly after it was deadheaded and pruned back...just beginning to re-bloom....

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Yes, it does self-sow a bit, but seedlings are easy to dig up and move or pot-up and give away :)

Vera


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RE: How can you tell the difference between catnip and catmint?

Catnip flowers are white shaded with a very little bit of pink. And the leaves are decidedly musky. I think you have Catmint rather than Catnip.


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