129790 CAT-MINT Nepeta cataria (Lamiaceae) Height to 50cm
Upright, greyish and downy perennial. The whole plant has a minty smell that cats do indeed find alluring. Grows in dry, grassy places, including verges and hedgerows, often on chalky soils. FLOWERS are 8-12mm long and white with purple spots; borne in whorls and clustered, terminal heads (Jul-Sep). FRUITS are nutlets. LEAVES are heart-shaped, toothed and stalked, downy below and woolly above. STATUS-Widespread but local in S England and S Wales; sometimes naturalised as a garden escape elsewhere.