Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Wild Catnip Plant

Wild catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a slightly fragrant mint, perennial plant which belongs to the mint family (Labiatae or Lamiaceae). The plant is native, calcium and nitrogen-rich soil between shrubs and bushes. The plant is native to southern Europe, Asia and Africa. The species is on the Dutch Red List of rare plants and moderately decreased.

The plant is 45-100 cm high. The square, hollow stem is to the foot felt-like hairs. The 3-7 cm long, jagged-toothed leaves are oval and to have a heart shaped base. The underside of the leaves is felt-like hairs and glandular hairs on the top down.

Wild cats herb blooms from June to September with whitish flowers that are speckled red inside. Inflorescence appearance wreath.

The fruit is a four-part split fruit. The brown, oval seeds are 1 x 1.5 mm, and until five years are viable. On one side are the seeds and smooth on the other hand, is a lengthways current floor. At the bottom is a white spot.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_kattenkruid

See also: Sending Flowers, Online Florist

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