Nepeta cataria

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaLamiaceaeNepetaNepeta cataria

Ecology

A perennial herb of open grassland, waysides, hedge banks, roadsides and rough ground on calcareous soils. In addition to such long-established populations, plants occasionally escape from gardens and give rise to casual populations which rarely persist for more than a few seasons. The seed is long-lived. Lowland.

Status

Archaeophyte

World Distribution

As an archaeophyte N. cataria has a Eurosiberian Temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.9

Annual Precipitation (mm): 761

Height (cm): 100

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Rhizome shortly creeping

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 478

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 6

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Atlas Change Index: -1.23

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000004256