Nepeta cataria L.  
Family: Lamiaceae
catnip
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Merel R. Black  
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; flower drawing 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
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Merel R. Black  
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Christopher Noll  
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Merel R. Black  
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