Catnip Lemon




Usually available: All year

Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 90cm – 1.4m
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Well drained

Catnip Lemon (Nepeta cataria var. citriodora)

Growing Conditions and Tips:

  • Thrives in well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade
  • Suitable for growing in most parts of Australia, particularly in temperate and Mediterranean climates like Victoria, South Australia, and southern Western Australia
  • Drought-tolerant once established and can handle poor soil
  • Complements other herbs such as mint, basil, and oregano in the garden


Catnip Lemon, a fragrant variety of the popular catnip plant, is known for its distinct lemon scent and flavor. This perennial herb is a member of the mint family and is easy to grow in most garden settings.

History of Usage:

Catnip has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and as a culinary herb. The lemon variety, in particular, has gained popularity for its refreshing citrusy aroma and its ability to attract cats.

Medicinal Uses:

  • May help relieve stress and anxiety due to its mild sedative properties
  • Can be used to alleviate digestive issues such as bloating and gas
  • Believed to have mild analgesic properties, potentially easing minor aches and pains

Culinary Uses:

  • Adds a unique lemon flavor to herbal teas and infusions
  • Can be used to flavor baked goods, sauces, and dressings
  • Pairs well with fish and poultry dishes

Garden Uses:

  • Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden
  • Can be used as a companion plant to repel certain pests
  • Provides a pleasant lemony scent in the garden

Other Facts:

  • The essential oil of Catnip Lemon can be used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation
  • Cats are attracted to the nepetalactone compound found in catnip, which can stimulate playful behavior


Catnip Lemon is a versatile and easy-to-grow herb that offers a range of benefits for both humans and cats. Its refreshing lemon scent and flavor make it a valuable addition to any herb garden or kitchen. Whether used for its medicinal properties, culinary applications, or as a garden companion, Catnip Lemon is a must-have for plant enthusiasts and those seeking natural remedies.


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