Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.




strong-scented perennial herb (Nepeta cataria) of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
..... Click the link for more information.
 family), native to Europe and Asia but naturalized in the United States. A tea of the leaves and flowing tops has long been used as a domestic remedy for various ailments. Catnip is best known for its stimulating effect on cats. Catnip is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information.
, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
Enlarge picture


Whitish purple flower clusters, heart-shaped opposite leaves covered in fine hair, especially underside. high in vitamin C. Flowers and leaves make a minty tea used for colds, fever, bronchitis, colic, headaches, sedative, helps digestive system, calms stomach. Juice promotes menstruation, strong antispasmodic, restlessness, nervousness, tranquilizer, sedative. Chew leaves for toothache. Contains nepetalactone, an insect and mosquito repellant. Mild tea calms restless kids and babies colic. Rub tea on skin for skin irritations. Young shoots good in salad. Causes cats to “get high” and makes people sleepy.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz


This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (
References in periodicals archive ?
Catnip left out in the air loses its potency over time (anecdotal reports say in about six months).
They're filled with a potent custom blend of all-natural catnip and silvervine for twice the cat attractants and twice the fun.
Andrew says: "Catnip is non-addictive and harmless and provides a temporary respite from your cat's gruelling workload of napping all day."
citricola to French marigold and catnip: Two small apples trees grown in pots (40 cm diameter) and measuring about 110 cm in height were individually placed in the 2 plastic boxes of the H-tube olfactometer.
OurPets Corknip Toy Feathered Frenzy Catnip Toy for Cats are offered with same day shipping with all orders placed before 3pm EST and Big Apple Pet Supply's 5% low price guarantee.
"Catnip oil and its active compounds--nepetalactones--are powerful repellents against stable flies," Zhu says.
I also threw out the bag of catnip that came with the scratching tray for the cat.
That rather depends on whom you ask.And, obviously, how much catnip you have chewed on too.
Fill the mouse body with catnip. Sew the rest of the body shut and tie a knot in the yarn to make the nose.
Most cats have the gene that makes them go crazy for catnip! You can grow your own and make it into a toy.
Seed pack of organic catnip from Botanical Interests ($1,89 per pack; botanical