Catmint, Common Catnip, Catwort, Field Balm
Synonyms of Nepeta cataria (16) (Updated on 5-18-21 from Plants of the World Online): Calamintha albiflora Vaniot, Cataria tomentosa Gilib., Cataria vulgaris Gaterau, Glechoma cataria (L.) Kuntze, Glechoma macrura (Ledeb. ex Spreng.) Kuntze, Nepeta americana Vitman, Nepeta bodinieri Vaniot, Nepeta ceretana Sennen, Nepeta citriodora (Dumoulin ex Lej.) Dumort., Nepeta laurentii Sennen, Nepeta macrura Ledeb. ex Spreng., Nepeta minor Mill., Nepeta mollis Salisb., Nepeta ruderalis Boiss., Nepeta tomentosa Vitman, Nepeta vulgaris Lam.
Nepeta cataria L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Catmint. The genus and species were named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 256 species in the Nepeta genus (as of 5-18-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Lamiaceae with 236 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
The above distribution map for Nepeta cataria is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database is the same.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
I found this small colony of Catmint while working on a friend’s farm in 2019. I know there are many people who have been wildflower hunting a lot longer than me, but I had not ever seen any Catmint growing in the wild until then. The wind was blowing a little so most of the close-up photos I took didn’t come out well and I didn’t take more later on. I was fairly busy in 2020 and didn’t go back out to my friend’s farm but maybe I can in 2021.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
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FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
PFAF(PLANTS FOR A FUTURE)
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
MONTANA PLANT LIFE
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂