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Spoil your feline friend with herbal treats. Our curated Pet Lovers Pack includes:
- Cat Grass Dactylis glomerata x 4 plants
- Cat Mint Nepeta x faassenii x 1 plant
- Catnip Nepeta cataria x 1 plant
RRP $68.44|Special Pack price $60.00 incl delivery
Read below for further information about each plant.
CAT GRASS – Dactylis glomerata
Just like their human slaves, cats need herbs for nutritional health.
Cat Grass is especially beneficial to your Kool Kat by providing essential minerals and vitamins, on demand, whenever Puss feels he needs to eat it. It also helps deal with fur-balls.
Cat Grass can be grown in a pot indoors in a well-lit position, or planted in the garden for self-serve.
It is a perennial, evergreen grass, so it is always available and re-grows as Puss chews it off.
Cat Grass grows well in a partly shaded to sunny position, with regular moisture and good drainage.
Grows 40cm. High and makes an evergreen clump 40cm Wide.
CATMINT - Nepeta x faassenii
Catmint gives cats the same pleasure as a fine wine does for their human servants.
Puss can be found rolling in ecstasy in your Catmint groundcover, with a far-away look in his eyes.
Because Catmint foliage contains nepetalactone which gives cats great pleasure as they roll and sniff.
But don’t worry, the experience does Puss no harm, and Puss will not harm your Catmint.
Nepeta x fasssenii, commonly called Catmint because cats love it so much, makes a very hardy, water-wise groundcover.
So it is a great garden plant, even if you don’t own a cat (or rather you are not owned by a cat).
Catmint covers itself with soft lavender-blue flowers in spring-early summer, and repeat blooms several times during the warm months. The misty flowers look very pretty against the grey-green foliage.
Catmint is also a traditional companion plant for roses, in orchards and veggie plots.
As it has long been reputed to have insect repelling properties that aid in deterring pesky sucking insects, while the flowers also attract bees and beneficial pollinating insects.
So, it is common to see Catmint carpeting around and under roses, or used as a pretty border for veggie beds.
Plant Catmint in a sunny position, with well drained soil.
Catmint can happily tolerate periods of dry and is considered drought resistant once established.
It is a good choice for gardeners with limited water, or sandy, poorer soil and a reliable plant for coastal gardens or containers.
Evergreen (or in this case ever-grey) perennial. 30cm. High in flower x 45cm. Wide carpet of fine grey-green downy foliage.
So, Puss or no Puss - Catmint is a fine garden asset.
But please don’t be disappointed if your fickle feline treats it with ignore – not all cats can “feel the high”.
CATNIP Nepeta cataria
Plant Catnip for both yourself and your pampered Puss.
Cats love the aroma of Catnip and will happily dawdle their time away sniffing with pleasure, or even taking a little nip to settle their tummies.
Catnip has a long history of herbal use for humans too.
With a reputation for being beneficial in the treatment of colic, fever, insomnia or stress – so maybe your Kool Kat does know something.
Humans have usually taken it as a tea though, rather than getting down on all fours.
Or use it as a culinary herb by adding fresh leaves to soups, stews, sauces or pasta.
Catnip foliage has a very pleasant minty aroma and flavour.
Though fortunately deer and rabbits don’t seem to share our taste for Catnip and tend to leave it alone.
Mosquitoes and cockroaches also detest it, so it is a traditional ingredient for insect repelling sachets and pot-pourri.
Not to mention the perfect stuffing for cat toys – Puss will blissfully play and roll with a catnip ball for hours.
It is easy to harvest Catnip stems, hang them in a warm place to dry, and use the dried foliage for pot-pourri and stuffing cat-toys.
Catnip has sprays of pale lilac-white heads right through summer, and the aromatic foliage is always a pleasure.
While Catnip is not the prettiest plant in the garden, it makes up with delightful aroma and so many herbal uses.
It grows rather like mint and so makes a good herb in a container, or where you want a robust groundcover.
Plant it in full sun to partly shaded positions. But unlike mint, Catnip is a very water-wise plant, and considered drought resistant once established. It likes well drained conditions, and will thrive in poorer or gravel, sandy soils, or containers.
Evergreen perennial. Grows to 75cm. approx. in flower x 40cm wide and increasing groundcover.