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Post  ralitaco on 2/9/2020, 7:25 pm

Here is another plant that I found after cleaning out my overgrown, former herb bed. According to PlantNet, this is Cat-Mint. I think I planted Catnip years ago, but don't recall planting any mint. I am thinking this may be a weed but I did not pull it on the chance it is something good.

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Post  OhioGardener on 2/9/2020, 7:34 pm

That looks like Catnip, which is a member of the Mint family. I make sure not to allow it around any of my raised beds since the neighborhood cats love to roll in it. We made a mistake of planting a couple plants of it in the flower bed under the Birch trees, and it now has taken over the entire bed.

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Post  ralitaco on 2/9/2020, 7:38 pm

Thank you OG. I believe I planted some of that at one point. For some reason I thought catnip grew more like a grass.
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/9/2020, 8:16 pm

@ralitaco wrote:Thank you OG. I believe I planted some of that at one point. For some reason I thought catnip grew more like a grass.
You may be thinking of cat grass (oat grass or wheat grass). I think cat mint and catnip are the same thing, but I could be wrong. You can always tell a mint by its stem -- mint stems are square.
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Post  ralitaco on 2/9/2020, 10:28 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
You may be thinking of cat grass (oat grass or wheat grass). I think cat mint and catnip are the same thing, but I could be wrong. You can always tell a mint by its stem -- mint stems are square.
I thought cat mint and cat nip might have been the same thing.
I definitely had no idea that mint stems were square - WOW!!!
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Post  sanderson on 2/13/2020, 3:25 pm

Looks like cat nip

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/13/2020, 5:42 pm

Agree, and if it’s in the ground it is very invasive in my experience.
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Post  ralitaco on 2/13/2020, 11:09 pm

Thank you both. It is not in the ground, but I may pull it anyway.
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