Etymology: Nepeta: the ancient Latin name of the aromatic plant catnip, thought to be derived from Nepeta, an ancient Etruscan city
Plants: erect, perennial, 18"-40" tall, very aromatic forb; stems square, branched toward the top; taprooted
Leaves: opposite, coarsely toothed, covered with whitish fuzz, triangular, stalk half as long as the blade
Flowers: cream with pink or purple dots, 5-parted, 1/3" -2/3" long; inflorescence rather loose, many-flowered, up to 2 1/2" whorls mostly terminal and/or separated on the stem; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites, woods
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FAC- USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Purple Sage - Ethnobotanical Information: Detailed usage, preparation, and other helpful information Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"