Cat-mint - Nepeta cataria

Alternative names

The corolla is tubular, 2-lipped, and normally whitish, though sometimes it is blue-violet. The light green stems are finely pubescent and 4-angled. The leaves are heart-shaped, toothed, grey-green colour and hairy beneath.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Usually encountered as an escape from cultivation and often on roadsides or in hedgerows near to habitation.

When to see it

In flower during July, August and September.

Life History

Rhizomatous perennial.

UK Status

Widespread as an escape from cultivation in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare or rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 1 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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