Catnip and Catmint — What’s the Difference?

By Elaine Homstad, Fairfax Master Gardener
Novice gardeners often disregard botanical names. They just pick up something at the nursery, home improvement store or big-box discount store that bears the common name of a plant they think they want. Such is the case with catnip. True catnip is a perennial herb whose botanical name is Nepeta cataria.